Installing a Ceiling Fan: How to Hang from Plaster

A ceiling fan.
  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-200
What You'll Need
New junction box
Fan motor
Ceiling plate

Installing a ceiling fan can really cut down on the number of greenhouse gases you emit every year. A ceiling fan is also a superb decorative item that can be added to the home.

A ceiling fan is a versatile household object. It can provide a constant stream of cool air during summer and vice versa for winter. Light bulbs also can be attached to the ceiling fan to serve as a point of illumination. Replacing a ceiling fan to a plaster ceiling itself is not difficult since all the wires are already in place.

Step 1 - Remove the Previous Fixture

The first thing to do is to cut off electricity to the fixture for obvious reasons. Then proceed to remove the fixture. You will notice some colored wires sticking out. Those wires come from the junction box. The black is live, green is neutral, and white is neutral. Consult an electrician if the wire colors are different. Make sure to remove any old screws on the ceiling.

Step 2 - Attach the Junction Box

Remove the old junction box and attach the new one. When attaching the new junction box on the joist, be sure to feed the wire through the junction box. Secure the junction box with two screws.

Step 3 - Assemble

The assembly design differs between different brands so be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Direct the wires coming from the fan motor through the canopy and attach the canopy on the motor. After that, direct the wires through the down road pipe.

Step 4 - Attach the Fan to the Ceiling

Some fans come with a medallion as a nice design touch. Apply a bit of adhesive and attach the medallion first. Attach the fan’s ceiling plate to the ceiling and feed the wires through the center of the ceiling plate. Now that the fan motor has been assembled, it is time to attach it to the ceiling. Wiring to the correct wires is easy; just connect the wire to the same color: black to black and repeat the same for other wires. Next, secure the canopy to the ceiling by screwing two screws to it.

Step 5 - Attach the Fan Blade

Slot the fan blade to the motor. Screw the blade tightly to the fan motor. Test the fan.

Additional Tips

Before even installing a fan, make sure to choose the correct location, preferably somewhere the breeze of the fan can reach the entire room. Adding light to the ceiling fan can give the fan a beautiful finishing touch but make sure that the circuit doesn’t get overloaded.

Be sure to check that the distance between the blade and the ceiling is 7 to 12 inches. If the distance is too little, some fan models allow the distance to be extended.

If the fan is wobbling, it means the fan is unbalanced. Switching and reattaching the blades may solve this problem. Be sure to check for signs of cracking that indicate that the fan is too heavy. If the fan is too heavy, installing a plywood panel can strengthen the foundation.