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#126573 - 04/23/06 09:27 AM Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
BigB Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 727
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
In the morning paper:

Notice where he says "or just flip the switch"

Oh and I didn't know we were supposed to have the fan brackets already installed at final.

#126574 - 04/23/06 11:17 AM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
JJM Offline

Registered: 10/31/05
Posts: 102
Now why couldn't he just quit while he was ahead with, "Kill the power to the area."

And what if the feed isn't coming from the switch, and instead from the ceiling box - like most are wired? Someone is gonna get a nasty surprise when undoing those wire nuts.

And what if the ceiling box isn't rated for the weight of the fan... like a lot of those plastic boxes? I can just imagine dinner one night... "please pass the potatoes..." CRASH! (ceiling fan comes down in a shower of sparks)... "on second thought, never mind."


#126575 - 04/23/06 11:34 AM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
LK Offline

Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1721
Loc: New Jersey

We get a call from a DYI customer, "can you come now, please," what is the proplem, " my brother is installing a ceiling fan, he turned the switches off, but fire flew all over my bed, can you come now!"

#126576 - 04/23/06 12:10 PM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
ShockMe77 Offline

Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 823
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey

I agree. It's job like these that lead to us going to the house to fix whatever it is the HO screwed up. And we all know about older homes that are usually fed at the light, instead of the switch.

#126577 - 04/23/06 12:25 PM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
dougwells Offline

Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1228
Loc: kamloops BC Canada
I had a call yesterday from a DIY umm do I need to really hook up the ground wire and where does it go.
I advised her that without seeing the installation I can not give advice over the phone. This was for a ceiling install.

I directed her to the Store she got it from.

#126578 - 04/23/06 12:50 PM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
BigB Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 727
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
And don't forget about those old houses with the switched neutrals, I run across plenty of them.

Another article in the same section today was about air conditioning. It stated that sometimes you may need a service upgrade to handle the added load of AC. It said to be prepared to pay up to $1,000 for an upgrade. Average price around here is more like $1,600 to 2K.

#126579 - 04/23/06 01:27 PM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
festus Offline

Registered: 11/30/03
Posts: 43
Loc: fairfax Va USA
North Carolina Law is that the only electrical work a non licensed person can do is cord and plug appliances.
Hard wired ceiling fans can only be legally installed by a licensed electrical contractor. I guess there are exceptions like homeowners, employees of industrial installations, school employees etc..., but anyone advertising to hang ceiling fans better have an electrical contractors license, or face the consequences of the State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors.

#126580 - 04/23/06 05:22 PM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
Trumpy Offline

Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8540
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Kill the power to the area.

What does this mean?, the circuit?, the house?, the street?, the state?.
It's dumbed-down instructions like these that inevitably lead to people getting in way over thier heads.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#126581 - 04/25/06 02:32 AM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
"Just follow the instructions which came with the fan" isn't going to help somebody faced with a box full of wires in the ceiling.

I had exactly this criticism of a (British) video tape of "Easy DIY Electrical Projects" that I saw several years ago. Everything assumed that the existing branch circuits had all been wired one particular way, with no allowances or even a mention of the fact that there are different ways of achieving the same results. The section on wiring a 3-way light circuit was confusing in the extreme.

#126582 - 04/25/06 05:07 AM Re: Anyone can hang a ceiling fan

Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 178
Loc: toronto canada
I hate tot burst your buuble guys,but the easiest part of a ceiling fan is the wiring!

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