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Re: Ceiling fan

Posted By: AHandyMan
Sunday, 6 September 1998, at 7:54 a.m.

In Response To: Ceiling fan (Ceilingfan Broke)

If the chains are completely broken off... you will need to replace something if you have no other way to turn the fans on and off.

If the chain still has one or two balls hanging out of the chain entrance, you can get chain extenders at any hardware store and simply extend the chain.

If you just can't see the chain, you can replace the switch. You need to remember how many speeds the fan is. If it is a three speed fan, you can get replacement "three way" pull switches at hardware/department stores that carry fan replacement switches or a large comprehensive electrical department.

Then it is just a matter of getting into the bottom bell of the fan where the switch is mounted (might have to remove a light fixture or just a plate) and replace the switch.

It's close quarters in that housing, but with a little persistance and nimble fingers, the switch can be replaced and wires patched back together.

Good LUCK!!

(BTW, ALWAYS disconnect the power before starting any electrical project!)

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