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Why has my 10 year old ceiling fan suddenly started shocking me through the fan pull chain?

My fan has been working fine for ten years now and suddenly if I’m barefoot and touch the metal pull chain it lightly shocks me, but does not if I have shoes on. Does this mean I need a new fan or is ...
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How can I change light bulbs in a fixture located 20ft above the ground?

We made the unfortunate decision of having a ceiling fan with lights in our two story family room, so the ceiling fan is about 20 feet above our heads. At the moment, all four light bulbs in the unit ...
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What do I do if there are only two wires coming from my ceiling electrical box?

I'm about to install several Hunter ceiling fans. The instructions that came with the fan show three wires coming from the ceiling box for a single switch light. When I remove the light, there are ...
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Should I put a dimmer switch on a ceiling fan?

I have a ceiling fan on our bedroom's vaulted ceiling. Since we don't want 7' pull-cords, the speed is stuck at full-tilt, which is no good. The fan has separate switches on the wall for lights and ...
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How to hang a ceiling fan box in gazebo with no parallel joists?

I want to hang n fan in a covered pavilion which has a gazebo like roof, held up by rafters. I've purchased a ceiling fan box/support that is designed to fit between joists, but there are no joists. I ...
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How do I balance a ceiling fan?

About a year ago I installed a new ceiling fan in my living room and when it was installed it was balanced nicely, but it has a little wobble. How do I bring it back in to balance?
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What do I do with the unused wire for ceiling fan installation?

I recently replaced my bedroom ceiling fan with a newer ceiling fan and with the old fan I could: Use one switch on the wall to turn on/off the light Use the other switch on the wall to turn on/off ...
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How can I install a ceiling fan that needs a 4" box where I only have a 3" box?

As part of a home renovation project I discarded my old ceiling fan and have bought a new one. When installing the new one the electrician tells me that I have a 3" junction box and that I'll need a 4"...
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Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist?

I am in the market to buy two large ceiling fans to cycle air within and potentially cool my master bedroom. The room is about 16x27 feet, and it gets pretty hot during spring, summer, and early fall. ...
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Can I Swap Ceiling Fan and Light Wires?

I bought a home with a ceiling fan that is wired in this manner: the light is on a single switch, and the fan is wired to two switches, on either sides of the room. It makes more sense to me to have ...
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What should I do about this fixture brace?

I'm preparing to hang a ceiling fan fixture in a bedroom. I need to remove an old ceiling light's electrical box and brace first, however I don't see how I can remove them. The brace has limbs which ...
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What type of wire should I run when updating a ceiling fan?

I started to change out my ceiling fan and noticed the support brace is actually laying on the drywall and not firmly attached to a beam. I also noticed the new fan has a blue wire where the wiring in ...
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How to hang a ceiling fan in a metal gazebo

I assembled an hard-top gazebo which has steel loops at the inside peak. I wondered how best to hang a ceiling fan. The flat part is 3 1/8 inches: The gazebo is designed with a roof above the ...
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How can I verify that my ceiling fan is properly grounded

Up front, my question is...how do I most easily and safely check to see if my ceiling fan is grounded? Now for the explanation. I recently installed 2 identical ceiling fans about a day apart in my ...
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What's wrong with my wiring?

I purchased a Hampton Bay remote for our bedroom fan this weekend. I have it installed and mostly working correctly, but there is one nuisance that still remains. We have two switches on the wall, ...
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Why do light bulbs all over the house burn out disconcertingly fast?

I've found a couple answers to this question. This generally revolve around the scenario where it's bulbs in a general area such as a fan. My issue is that light bulbs all over the house burn out ...
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Ceiling fan switch replacements

I have 2 ceiling fans that were in my house when I moved in. Both fans have recently had the pull strings torn out of the switch. I took the fans apart, and wrote down the information on the switch, ...
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Why has my ceiling fan's speed become slower?

We have owned a Minka Aire ceiling fan for about 4 years and it has been great overall; running for 24hrs a day. It has 3 settings and when we initially purchased the fan; the speed was noticeable ...
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Mount ceiling fan without electrical box

I went to replace a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling in my house yesterday, and upon removing the old fan I noticed that there is no electrical box where the fan was mounted. The fan was hung from a ...
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Why does using a dimmer with this ceiling fan and lights cause energy saving bulbs to flicker?

At a hotel I manage we purchased 34 ceiling fans with two integrated light sockets that operate on a dimmer all controlled by a remote control. Obviously using a dimmer with fluorescent bulbs won't ...
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How do I reconnect a ceiling fan light chain?

A recent pull of a ceiling fan light chain caused the chain and its connector to came completely out. Is there an easy way to reconnect the chain? Does the electricity need to be turned off ...
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How to tell if a ceiling junction box is braced to hold the weight of a ceiling fan?

My new home is almost done being built, and one of the extras I asked for was for two of the rooms to have junction boxes in the ceiling suitable for hanging a ceiling fan in the future. The light ...
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Non-recessed pancake box for ceiling fan

I want to install a ceiling fan below an old plaster-and-lathe ceiling. I was thinking of running a piece of wood between two joists in the attic above, then screwing a pancake electrical box directly ...
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Ceiling Fan Junction Box Converter/Bracket 1/2 inch width difference

First time poster. I feel like I have researched everywhere and not found the answer I am looking for. I've called a few manufactures of ceiling fans who didn't have any answers either. I began ...
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Can I screw a ceiling fan electrical box directly to the joist?

I am putting in a ceiling fan in a bedroom. It is a smaller one approx. 18 lbs. The remodeling-type expander brace failed, so can I just screw one side of the box to the joist? (I cannot access the ...
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Is it OK to run 12-3 cable to a ceiling fan from a switch that's wired with 12-2?

I'm installing a ceiling fan into a room that has no existing ceiling mount (no light or ceiling fan previously existed). I've got a ceiling fan mount in place with a supporting brace that can support ...
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Wobbly Ceiling Fan

I've installed a 52" Hampton Fan with light, (w/out remote) in my bedroom. When it is set on low the fan appears very stable. At high speed the ceiling fan shakes and does so to a lessor extent on ...
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Why are my ceiling fan light bulbs burning out quickly?

My ceiling fan light bulbs burnout frequently. From what I can tell the fan is mounted well and does not oscillate more than I would expect it to. I use GE multi-use soft white 40 watt intermediate ...
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How do I wire this ceiling fan?

I'm trying to wire a new ceiling fan. The outlet box wires are White, Red, and Black. The ceiling fan wires are Black, Blue, White, and Green. The installation manual states to connect both Blue ...
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What can I do to avoid incandescent bulbs for my 3-bulb ceiling fan, yet maintain brightness?

My ceiling fan takes 3 candelabra (E12) base bulbs for lighting. The bulb slots are labeled 75W - 125V. The fan light is dimmable and I currently use 3 60w incandescent flame tips. I plan to ...
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Can I use a stairwell ceiling fan to save energy?

We have a two story house, with a small ceiling fan mounted above the main stairway. The house has separate thermostats for heating/cooling the upstairs and downstairs. During the day, we spend 90% ...
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Do I have to wrap electrical connections with electrical tape?

I installed my first ceiling fan with remote today. I believe I did everything correctly as the fan turns and the light lights, both via the remote control. My question has to do with the need for ...
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Trouble with LED bulbs

As incandescent & compact fluorescent light bulbs in my home have been dying, I've been replacing them with LED bulbs, as those have dropped in price considerably (the local electric company's ...
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Supporting a fan in second (fake) ceiling

I purchased a ceiling fan (this model) to install in my house's top-floor bedroom. I assumed that all I would need is a fan-rated retrofit brace and ceiling box (example) to replace the inevitable ...
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How can I install a ceiling fan where there is no ceiling box or wiring?

I want to install a ceiling fan with a light in a spare bedroom with no ceiling wiring. What size wire do I need to use to install with cord management channels and plug into an outlet controlled by a ...
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What could cause ceiling fan lights to flicker on with power and then go out immediately?

I have ceiling light fan. The fan works fine. The light used to work fine. All of a sudden one day the light started acting up. When I turn on the switch, the light flickers on for about a second ...
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Can I mount 3 blades on a 5 blade ceiling fan?

In my son's bedroom I currently have a standard five-blade ceiling fan. We are currently changing the decorating motif in his room to "airplanes". I thought it would be really cool to change the ...
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Is there a reason I should NOT install a ceiling fan in my kitchen?

We need to install a new ceiling light in the kitchen. We do not have any kind of exhaust fan in the kitchen, and it would be nice to be able to move the air around on the occasion that something gets ...
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Is it OK to use 12-3 awg to wire a ceiling fan and light?

In a 2000 era home in Georgia, I replaced an overhead lighting fixture with a combo ceiling fan and light. (Yes, I reinforced the junction box appropriately.) The wiring was simple enough, the ...
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How do I replace this bathroom fan with a different plug?

I want to replace my bathroom fan 'cause it stopped working. The ones in stores I see have a normal house receptacle plug that can just be plugged in to any outlets in the house etc. The one for my ...
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Dimmer switch not turning on light until at 50%?

I recently had a professional electrician install a ceiling fan with a light fixture. The fan and light are controlled from a combo switch with two knobs - one is a dimmer switch for the light, and ...
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How do I safely extend electrical wiring without replacing it entirely?

I'm in the process of replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan. I replaced the old mount with a pan ceiling support box. The wiring is old (1920s) and inside armored cable coming through the stud. ...
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Need 12' ladder on second floor but staircase is too tight

I have a fan on a high ceiling (maybe 16 feet high) that I want to replace. I need at least 12 foot type A ladder but it needs to fold because I have to take it up some tight stairs and corners to get ...
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How much ceiling fan wobble is acceptable? [closed]

I've got 3 flush-mount ceiling fans. The large one (well, when it was working, the motor is seized up now and needs replacement) has always been rock solid. No noticeable vibration/wobble in use. ...
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What would cause a ceiling fan to stop while the light still works?

Installed a new fan/light today. Wiring appeared to be identical to old fan we removed. green ground to green ground on mounting bracket. white to white. black and blue to black. Turned it ...
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Completely removing/hiding wall switches

My wife and I recently bought a house from people who built it in 2005 (literally -- the guy was in home construction half a century), and they did some "interesting" things. One choice I'm trying to ...
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Why does my fan switch sometimes turn the lights off?

I recently undertook a small project replacing a single toggle light switch with a Z-wave enabled dimmer switch, which is also wired to a fan toggle (a knob with 3 speed settings) in a 2-gang case. ...
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Should a ceiling fan on a long rod move when using the pull chain?

I installed a 52" ceiling fan in our family room on a 2 foot long downrod. It has a very slight wobble, but nothing of concern since I assumed there would be some wobble due to the length of the rod. ...
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Replacing Lighted Ceiling Fan w Fixed Light

I just replaced a lighted ceiling fan with a fixed light fixture. My wall has two switches, one that controlled the fan and another that controlled the light. At the ceiling junction box, there was an ...
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remedying ceiling fan horror-show

In the course of doing some other work, I came across this poor installation of a ceiling fan. This was done when my house was originally wired by "professional" electricians, and presumably ...
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