Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to Repair Ceiling Fan That Falling Off

Ceiling Fan
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Cordless screwdriver
Electrical wire 12 gauge
Ladder 6-feet
Open/box wrench 7/16

Ms. Lue called from a local real estate company in San Bernardino County. She was showing a home and noticed that the fan was wildly moving around the ceiling. Afraid that it might leave the ceiling and fly away into one of her clients, she left an emergency message.

This post show for eight steps to repairing this loose ceiling fan.

Step 1: First turn off the power at the electrical panel. Its not enough to turn it off at the switch, when you come to these type of job. Safety if the most important concern. Fig.1 shows the entire base of the ceiling fan was very loose and dangerous.
Fig.1 Falling off ceiling
Step 2: Once the fan blades stop, set up the 6-foot ladder
underneath the ceiling fan.
Step 3: There are two screws on the brass plated ceiling cover, unscrew one at a time, and place the screws on the top part of the ladder. When the second screw is removed, the entire load of the fan will be in your hands.
Step 4: Place the ceiling fan on top of the ladder, if possible. Every fan is different some have extra wiring inside and other are very short.
Step 5: Now look at why the base is listing? This job was solved by tightening both ceiling lag bolt that had become very loose from the ceiling studs. Fig.2 shows a open/box wrench used to tightened the lag bolt. Now the base was completely secured.
Fig.2 Open/Boxed wrench

Step 6: Carefully place the electrical wiring back into the box. Place the brass plate onto onto the ceiling mounting plate. Fig.3 shows the brass plate is completely against the ceiling and is not loose.
Fig.3 Tightened against ceiling
Step 7: Remove the ladder from the room and turn on the electrical panel breaker switch. 
Step 8: Turn on the room light switch and check the ceiling fan to make sure it runs properly. Now Ms. Lue can show the home without any ceiling problems.

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