How to Support a Ceiling Fan: No Access from Above How to Support a Ceiling Fan: No Access from Above

What You'll Need
Ceiling fan and fixtures
Power drill
Wire strippers
Wire cutters
A-frame ladder
2 by 4 inch lumber
Stud finder
Wire connectors
Tape measure

Failing to provide proper support for a ceiling fan can leave it at risk of coming loose and even falling down. In the event that you do not have access to the fan from above the point where it will be fixed, it will be necessary to take some others steps to ensure it is properly secured.

Step 1 – Preparation

Prior to undertaking any work, turn off the electricity supply to prevent the occurrence of any accidents. Check all the accessories that came with the fan to ensure that everything you need is included. Position the ladder securely to allow you to easily reach the ceiling where you will be working. 

Step 2 – Remove Light

You will then be in a position to remove the existing light to make way for the fan. Any cover hiding the joint where the wire meets the ceiling can usually be pried out of place. Use a pair of wire cutters to cut through the lower end of the cable to remove the light. You will then be able to remove the electrical box by loosening the screws that hold it in place. If you do not need to remove an existing ceiling fan, the initial step must include plotting the location that will be best to support the ceiling fan. You will find that the best location is between 2 of the joists. Place the ladder securely and use this to access the ceiling to operate the stud finder to locate the studs that you need to avoid.

Step 3 – Add Support

A piece of lumber needs to be attached to the ceiling to provide additional support for a ceiling fan. If the existing cable can be used for the fan, a hole will need to be drilled through it which is large enough to allow the cable to pass through. The lumber must be attached to the ceiling between 2 joists with the use of a drill and screws that are long enough to penetrate the wood and the ceiling. This process will enable you to create an alcove in which you can hide the electrical box that needs to be fitted.

Step 4 – Assemble and Install Fan

Some ceiling fans may require a little assembly to be undertaken, but it is still prudent to familiarize yourself all the components if it does not. It will contain a fan brace that will support the ceiling fan. It can be screwed to the lumber and will support the ceiling fan by preventing it from twisting in place. Ensure the screws are firmly inserted. You will then be in a position to strip the ends of the wires to enable them to be connected by twisting them together before securing them with wire connectors. Once all the wires are properly connected in accordance with the instructions, attach it to the brace and secure it properly before testing it to ensure it works.

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