Installing a Ceiling Fan


A ceiling fan will do more than just give your air conditioner a break in the heat of summer - it'll also take a load off your furnace in winter by recirculating heated air that rises to the ceiling.

Then, your only extra preparation might be to beef up the weight-carrying capacity of the electrical box and maybe run a new wire to the wall switch if the fan and light operate with separate switches. This last requirement varies, so always follow the wiring instructions that come with your fan.



Turn off power to the existing light fixture at the main service panel, test for power, and remove the existing fixture and electrical box. Attach a 1 1/2-inch-deep metal light-fixture box to the brace bar using a U-bolt and two nuts.


From the attic, position the brace between ceiling joists so the bottom legs are flush with the bottoms of the joists. Rotate the bar by hand to force its end spikes into the joists.


Attach the included stove bolts to the adapter plate with locknuts. These are the bolts that will support the fan. Insert the adapter plate into the box so the ends of the U-bolt fit through the holes on the adapter plate.


Secure the adapter plate by screwing two locknuts onto the U-bolt. Open one knockout for each cable that will enter the electrical box, and attach a cable clamp to each knockout.


Tighten the brace bar one full rotation with a wrench to anchor it tightly against the joists. Feed the existing circuit cable into the electrical box, and secure it with a cable clamp.


Place the ceiling fan's mounting plate over the stove bolts extending through the electrical box. Pull the circuit wires through the hole in the center of the mounting plate. Attach the mounting nuts, and tighten them with a nut driver.


Hang the fan motor from the mounting plate's built-in mounting hook. Connect the wire leads using wire connectors: the black circuit wire to the black wire lead from the fan; the white circuit wire to the white lead; and the grounding wires to the green lead. Finish assembling the fan and the light fixture according to the manufacturer's directions.




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Flower Gardening
Flower gardens add color and imagination to the greenery of your backyard or front porch. To ensure the flowers you plant continue to grow healthy and strong, follow these planting instructions. The instructions work for seedlings and mature plants.


Green Houses
This small greenhouse can be constructed over the course of a couple of weekends and is perfect for extending your growing season into the cooler months of the year.


Guide to Garbage Disposal Ratings
Garbage disposals are becoming more and more popular. Although the device has been around for decades, it didn’t really become standard fare in most American homes until the 70’s and 80’s, when advances in water pressure and sewage treatment made such waste disposal methods more practical. Today garbage disposals come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and power ratings, including models that use ceramic blades and other design features in lieu of more traditional canisters. If you’re looking for a quick way to distinguish one from the next and choose the best model for your home, it pays to understand what all those numbers really mean.


Guide to Pool Chemicals
Swimming pools offer considerable pleasure to their owners, which is why they continue to be a staple of comfortable living across the nation. More than simple watering holes, the finest pools can offer peace and tranquility year-round. Add in the wide variety of exercise and recreational possibilities they afford and it’s no wonder so many Americans spend hours every month maintaining their pools for perfect health. If you already own a pool, you may have noticed that even the best laid plans can go awry over time.


Guide to Pool Cleaners
Pools are known for a great many things, but dazzling clarity isn’t always among them. The truth is that pools tend to collect dust, dirt and debris on a daily basis no matter how carefully we try to maintain their perfection. Filters are designed expressly to trap unwanted particle such as these, but it simply isn’t practical to expect them to intercept everything constantly and continue operating at peak efficiency. The problem gets even stickier when you consider how much debris never even reaches the filters – unusually heavy or adhesive items may stay in your pool indefinitely without intervention.


Hardwood Floor Maintenance
While vacuuming is a great way to keep your hardwood floor clean, be conscious of how the vacuum impacts your floors. It’s best to use a canister vacuum with a bare floor attachment or a brush attachment. Vacuums with beater bars are not recommended. Also, make sure the wheels of the vacuum are not scratching the floor as it moves. Regular vacuuming is an easy way to keep your floor free of debris.


Home Fire Safety
Fire safety should be at the top of your priority list if you want to protect your family in the event of an emergency. Here's some advice on keeping your home and family safe and sound.


How do Pool Chlorinators Work?
Chlorine has been in use in a wide variety of industrial applications for hundreds of years, and in that time we have come to understand it extremely well. Although some activists believe chlorine in pools poses a safety hazard, clinical studies have found no suck link – either to swimmers or the environment. This is why nearly every pool in America continues to employ chlorine as a free-ranging antibacterial, keeping the water clear and clean and maintaining an essential level of purity for recreational use. If you own a pool, however, you know that regulating chlorine can represent something of a headache.


How do Pool Filters Work?
Owning a swimming pool can be something of a double-edged sword – a pleasure for the cool relaxation it provides, but a burden because of the constant maintenance required. If the problem isn’t regular checks of chlorine levels, pH and alkalinity, it could just as easily be the ongoing physical clean-up you need to perform. Most people rely on pool cleaners for the lion’s share of this work, and with good reason – scavenging robots can be surprisingly effective at cleaning the walls, surface and floor of any pool. Even with so many safeguards in place, however, you still need internal systems to pick up the slack.




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