I just put a ceiling fan in my sister's house in her son's bedroom.
If I had it to do over again I would put both the fan and the light on
There are not too many times in a bedroom that you need a fan and not
Well, you often need the fan at night down here in Slower Lower
Delaware, and NOT the light! Best bet is one of those Hunter radio
control gadgets that allow you to power up the whole mess, then
separtely control lights and fan with a hand controller. I've found
them especially helpful in "after the fact" fan installations in a
couple of houses over the years when all you have is a single switch
for an overhead light, and want to put both a fan and light in place,
without having to redo the wiring, etc.
They're likely to be in inconvenient locations. Not by the door, and
not reachable from the bed without getting up.
The fan and light (and a computer monitor) in my bedroom use X10
modules with controllers in both places.
Oh, I thought this would be a story like my co-worker's about 10 years
ago. Hung a new ceiling fan in the family room. Comes home from work
the next day, jerks on the chain to start the fan, whole thing comes
down on the glass-top coffee table - crash, bang, boom.
That's how NOT to install a ceiling fan.
On 2 Apr 2007 12:52:14 -0700, "jerry email@example.com"
I replaced a fan recently (not mine). The metal box had been removed
from the ceiling. The fan support was then screwed into the fan
support stud. I replaced the box and used the material provided with
A box was removed the master ceiling, also. wires were taped and
pushed beyond the drywall. A large eye-bolt was in the fan support
stud. The only thing I could guess was that the eye-bolt was for one
of those sex swings... thingies.. Got me!
"If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me."
Considering how it is the same amount of work to run a three wire as a two
wire I don't understand why more people don't do it. I noticed some
electricians don't run a three wire either as the norm. I always run a
three wire whether the customer plans to install a light with the fan or
not. I've noticed that my customers like having two switches and one can be
a dimmer for the light. It also saves wear and tear on the pull chain
switches which seem to fail after a few years.
If you're going to do that, I hope you're installing fan rated boxes
as well. You just KNOW that someone's going to see that three wire
cable and just get 'er done without thinking about it.
This is one situation however where "switch legs" are a real job
saver. If the light is wired with a switch leg you can mount a fan
without running a three wire cable if you don't mind using the pull
chain for the fan. Not so easy if it is wired with the power running
to the switch box - you HAVE to run a three wire cable, period,
otherwise it works all funky and pisses people off.
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