HOW DO I install a new ceiling fan in 5 minutes?

  • Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2:15 p.m.

My wife and I are in the middle of a major remodeling project in our home.

We have accomplished the majority of the work together, working on the weekends of course, as life must go on Monday through Friday with our remodeling business.

Remodeling at home on a two-day-per-week schedule can be a test in patience for sure.

One of the final steps as the project draws to completion was to replace our late '80s and early '90s-style ceiling fans with new ones more fitting to the décor or the finished rooms.

As we were making the selection process for just the right style and color, I decided to let her make the choice. Wise move on my part.

She chose a Hunter fan, which I thought was a very pretty and stylish looking unit, but, at breakneck speed, I couldn't help my thoughts drifting to the lower-priced, less-known brands next to the Hunter fan and wondering why that wouldn't work just as well.

I did not share my thoughts, though – another wise move on my part.

We went home with two new Hunter fans in tow, and the task before us to get them installed this particular weekend.

On the box, in big letters read “the 5-minute fan.” My first thought when I read that was something I can't write in this article.

As I began to disassemble the old ceiling fans, Cheryl began to assemble the new fans from the box.

As I looked down at her from the step stool, with all the individual bags of screws and parts scattered out, I first thought I had chosen the simplest task.

I must say and admit, even though the multiple bags of various parts initially looked to be overwhelming, with about 1 minute of patience, they became somewhat self-explanatory, and it didn't take that long to put the unit together, although we were past the 5-minute mark. (I think 5 minutes is necessary to read the instructions).

One of the things I noticed and appreciated about this fan was that after Cheryl lifted the motor housing up to me to be fit into the mounting bracket and wired up, the next task that is usually aggravating with most fan models was the assembly of the fan blades.

Most fan blades have to be screwed onto the bottom of the motor housing. These blades had a new revolutionary design – at least new to me – of snap-on blades.

The stubs in the metal hanger bracket aligned with rubber grommets in the blade that made this task simple and enjoyable.

Other details with this unit that made the installation process less aggravating was the thought they put into how the canopy would attach to the ceiling bracket and the way the small chain for the fan and light operation would be guided down through the finial of the decorative light fixture.

I suppose if we had bought a dozen of these units, by the time we were nearing the dozen, we would probably have it down to about 5 minutes per fan, but it probably took about 20 minutes per fan since we were only installing two.

I had to admit, after it was done, I'm glad I let her choose the fan selection; even though her choice was about $50 more than the competitor's fan, it was well worth it for the reduced frustration of installation.

JD Norris is the owner/operator of DreamMaker Bath&Kitchen and a certified S.C. Master Builder, certified “Aging in Place” Specialist and certified Green Professional. If you have any projects that you would like discussed in an upcoming article, email me at jdn.dm@comcast.net.

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