My living room has an elevated ceiling that rises and peaks somewhere
inside, with a beam running across it. In this beam is one ceiling fan.
I am hoping to replace it, as well as installing a second fan on this
beam. It's a room that could use two fans, and I wouldn't mind
extending the circuit if I had to; I would want both fans to be
controlled by the same switch.
Replacing the original fan seems easy enough, and it would perhaps be
the easiest installation in the whole house. I've put two fans in
elsewhere, and they were trouble for different reasons. This is an
existing fixture that's right in the beam. My real concern is what I'd
have to do to extend cable if I must.
I don't see how the original fan was wired. There's no crawl space in
that part of the ceiling. From what I can tell, it's just inches away
from the roof itself. The beam was painted by the previous owners, and
it hides anything that might have been done. I don't see a painted over
wire running along the beam, so it must have gotten its power somehow.
Does anybody have an idea of how a fan like that is wired? Is it
practical to DIY install the second fan? The worst installation was
changing a light fixture to mount a fan. I had to put in a new hole two
feet away from the original fixture and run wire to it. I put the radio
receiver for it in the original fixture's hole. Am I looking at
something much more complicated?