Apr 25

Ceiling Fan Installation: Safety Basics

Thinking about how you can reduce your monthly electric bill? Installing a ceiling fan is one of the best and most thrifty ways to lower your energy bills without compromising on comfort.

Ceiling fan installation might seem like a formidable task when you’re just starting out, but if you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, it is something you can do for only a few hours. And though you don’t need to be an expert to install a ceiling fan, you need to ensure your safety while doing the project.

Here’s a ceiling fan installation guide to help you safely do the project.

SAFETY RULES

To avoid the risk of injury and property damage, take note of the following safety rules:

  • Before you begin, shut the power off at the circuit breaker box
  • Check if there are no obstructions at the installation site.
  • Pick a UL-Listed outlet box marked “Acceptable for Fan Support”.
  • Check if the electrical connections comply with local codes, ordinances, or National Electric Codes.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for additional caution, safety, and warning information.

BASIC TOOLS

To guarantee a safe ceiling fan installation project and a timely finish, having the right set of tools is essential. Here are the basic tools you should keep handy in your toolbox.

  1. Crescent Wrench/adjustable wrench – to secure a support brace or any bolts.
  2. Safety Eyewear – to protect your eyes from hazardous materials and flying debris during the process.
  3. Dusk Mask – to protect you against inhaling dust during the installation process.
  4. Electrician’s Tape –  to insulate all wire connections.
  5. Ladder – to reach the mounting bracket and hang the motor assembly as well as wire the ceiling fan.
  6. Cordless Drill with Long Bit – to install the junction box or utility box to the ceiling joists.
  7. Voltage Tester/test light – to ensure there is no electricity running through the wires.
  8. Wire Cutters/Strippers/diagonal pliers – to install a ceiling fan by cutting and stripping the ceiling fan wires during the downrod assembly.
  9. Screwdrivers – to tighten the screws on the motor housing and blades to prevent any wobbling or shaking.
  10. Pliers – to tighten set screws and lock nuts during the downrod assembly.

If you are not confident to do it on your own, you can always contact us at JCP Electric to make the job done! We can provide quality fans and conduct proper installation at competitive prices.

 

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