Using The Right Tools For Installing A Ceilng Fan
Modern tools and equipment allow you to complete home improvement projects more easily than ever before. Yet despite all the new technology and design, the basic principles and techniques have not changed. With a few essential tools, you will be able to measure, cut, fix, assemble and finish most jobs.
The tools required to install a ceiling fan are your basic run of the mill tools. The first item you need is a step ladder to get you up to the ceiling.
The most appropriate step ladder is the type that forms a triangle when opened out, this is the most secure and safe one to use. If you do not have a tool belt, there is a flat platform at the top of the ladder which you can put your tools on. They are easily accessible from this point which allows you to continue working without having to climb up and down the ladder to fetch tools.
The next items you need is a pencil and a measuring tape. Before you start any work you will need to measure the distance between each holding bracket on the fan, normally there are two. This factor depends entirely on the size of the fan. Then you mark the location with two clear and easily visible x marks or dots with your pencil. You may also need the tape measure to give you a center point from a wall depending on the position you want the fan fitted on the ceiling.
Securing the fan to the ceiling on timber or plasterboard.
Most ceilings are covered with dry lining plasterboard. If the ceiling you are fitting your fan to is either timber or plasterboard, then there are two types of tools you may require. The first tool is a bradawl. A bradawl is a perfect tool for marking drilling holes in plasterboard, as well as boring pilot holes in timber frames and beams.
Once you have the precise position marked, you then pierce the center of the marks with the bradawl. Then when this is done, you are now ready to drill. You can use a cordless battery-driven drill or a light duty electric drill. At this stage, it is very important that you use the correct size drill bit. The correct size you need is determined by the size of your ceiling fan. If the fan is a new one, then usually there are instructions in the box accompanying the fan. Before you move on to fixing the fan permanently, you need to connect the electric power to the fan.
Connecting the electric power to your fan.
This is a job that really should be done by a qualified electrician. The tools he will use are a wire stripper, a phase testing screwdriver, and possibly two plastic connectors.
You may need a screwdriver if you do not want to use your drill to screw home the screws. It is most important having the right size head that matches the screw. Word of warning, if you try to drive home a screw with too big, or too small a driver, you will strip the head of the screw and the screw will be useless. So make sure you have the right screwdriver when installing your ceiling fan.
Finally, before you put in the screws, you will need the correct size plastic wall plugs. These are usually supplied by the manufacturers and are packaged with your new ceiling fan.