ceiling fan

Old 03-23-03, 07:26 PM
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ceiling fan

Didn't see a catagory for ceiling fans, so chose this one - have a fan that has two pulls - one for light and one for fan. The fan pull has quit working. Time for a new fan? or is this something simple that I can do myself? My handyman died - so wondering if a female who knows nothing about fixing things - let alone electrical - can do herself.

Thanx for any advise!
Old 03-24-03, 04:18 AM
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If you can visit your local home improvement center and go to the electrical section or maybe the lighting section, you will find that they carry replacement pull-switches. I am sure that if you ask one of the salespersons they will be more than happy to explain what you will need to do.
It's really pretty simple if you can work a screwdriver and maybe a pair of pliers. There are usually only three wires that you have to deal with. The only thing you will need to be able to tell the salesperson is what kind of fan it is (who made it) and how many speeds it had (2 speed, 3 speed, 4 speed).

Remember if you get in trouble you can always come back here and ask more questions. Should you need to come back, make sure to give as much information as possible ie: colors of wires and so forth.

Good luck, You can do it!!
Old 03-25-03, 08:39 AM
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Turn the power off and remove the 3 or 4 screws on the wiring compartment at the bottom of the fan (where the fan switch chain exits). The fan switch will be mounted through a hole in the compartment and is easily removed (unscrew the part where the chain comes out of the switch). Before doing that, remove the wire nuts and disconnect wiring at fan switch connections. Make a diagram if you think you may have trouble reconnecting the new switch. Take the switch with you to a home improvement store and match it up with a new one.

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