Monday, February 11, 2013

Morning Room Ceiling Fan

 I promised a separate post for the morning room ceiling fan install, so here it goes.  We had the ceiling fan prewire done in this room (highly recommended, only marginally more expensive than standard light rough-in) since it would have been a royal PITA to do it after the fact.  In the first picture you can see what a ceiling fan rough-in looks like.  Note the can isn't open in the middle, as it's around a beam in the center.  All of our ceiling fan rough-ins are like this, I'm presuming to use the beam as additional structural integrity for the forces of the fan.
 The ceiling in the Victoria Falls is great however we wanted the fan (that will be over a table) closer to the ceiling height of the kitchen for lighting purposes.  We used a 36" drop pole to make this happen, it's perfectly in line with the ceiling in the kitchen, so it's high enough to not do anything stupid with your hands in the blade (not that you would!) but low enough to make the light adequate for the table.  The fan install is a bit hard to do by yourself for one reason:  trying to hang the fan and drop pole by yourself with the Hunter kit is awkward on a ladder due to the fact you have to "hook" the drop plate onto the mounting bracket by tilting the whole assembly sideways.  It's much easier if you have an extra set of hands hold the base up on the side while you hook this into place.
 If I didn't have to stop for that extra assistance, the fan install would have taken me less than an hour.  So far everything has been great with the fan, and I'd buy a Hunter fan again.


  1. We got the ceiling fan through RH, but now that it's installed, it's really high at the ceiling (our Jefferson has a cathedral ceiling in the morning room same as yours). Your fan looks great, and now I wonder if there's an aftermarket drop kit available for our fan. I didn't think it through when we ordered it, and I didn't think it would be so tight to the ceiling and essentially useless for lighting our table...

    1. They have drop poles available at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. and are pretty inexpensive. I would think the big issue would be did they trim the wires short and now they wouldn't be long enough to reach. The other thing I remember is that there was some extra lock-tite or something similar on the threads to make sure it didn't come loose during operation. Depending on if you're going to DIY or have an electrician do it it may be more economical to replace the whole thing vs. trying to modify what's installed. Hope this helps, and good luck!

    2. Thanks! We will have to look into it. Haven't even closed yet, so I don't know why I'm thinking about this stuff already! Maybe it won't even be an issue with lighting. We'll see.

  2. Great post Brian! We have a chandelier and it came out perfect! Thank goodness it did because I had forgotten to request a different set up.