Today I installed a ceiling fan and light kit set I purchased at HD this
weekend. Before I begin my rant let me say that as of this minute I am happy
with the fixture - it looks and works perfectly.
However - the installation manual for this kit may well be one of the worst
written/organized I've ever seen. Unlike some products that are manufactured
offshore, and have their manuals written by non-English speaking authors
(and are understandably lacking in some aspects) this was clearly written
by someone who appreciated the particulars of the language.
That said - here's why it caused my taking the time to rant... After
reading the manual carefully, and laying out the parts and tools to be sure
I had everything - I began assembly. First, I installed a new circuit box
in my ceiling (using a hanger that screws into opposing joists - I could do
chin-up's off this thing! Per the instructions I attach the hanger hardware
and begin assembling the fan (first the hanger, then electrical connections,
then fan blades, then light fixture) - whole project about 1.5 hours - it
I reach into the box to get the remote control (I'm ready to reset the
circuit breaker and test it out!) - only to find 2 (?? two??) boxes in the
bag w/ the remote. I see one is a typical remote - and the other is a
transmitter/controller unit. It's as big as 2 packs of cigarettes w/ about 6
wires that obviously must be wired to something...
I read the tiny folded piece of paper that is in the bag - it states that
this is indeed the remote unit - AND the fan will not work without it - it
must be installed and wired in as described in the diagram on the same page.
I loose my mind! I have this thing all buttoned up, ready to fly - and it's
completely wrong! The first manual made no mention of this unit, had a
wiring diagram that did not mention it - and makes the person doing the
assembling think it is not part of the process.
So, I completely disassemble the unit ( light, fan blades, wiring) - only to
realize it cannot possible fit anywhere inside or around the fan - it's way
too big!! It's a big, ugly orange box that is meant to be hidden above the
ceiling, The solution? Go to attic (about 130 degrees up there today), find
the place where the circuit box is (under all the blown-in insulation)
re-wire the controller unit above the circuit box and pass the wiring that
goes to the fan into the circuit box from above - then go back downstairs
and completely install the unit all over again...
At about the 4 hour mark I completed the project. Again, it looks great,
works perfectly - It just SUCKED installing because of their damn manual(s)
OK, I'm done - home fan installers, beware.....