How to Retract a Wooden Ceiling Fan
It’s a big deal when the top of your window falls on top of a wooden ceiling fan cleaner.
And the guy who installed it knows it too.
That’s because he installed it for his own retirement, and he wanted to save money.
“I think we’ve had quite a few cases where somebody has fallen through the window and a window has been partially pulled up by a wooden fan, which is pretty common,” says Jeff Dennison, an architect and wood product specialist.
Dennison says it’s common to see a ceiling fan installed with the top removed.
“It’s not unusual for a ceiling to be pulled up on the top to clear the space and get rid of debris, or to keep a piece of insulation in place.”
That’s not the case with the new wood ceiling fan.
Dennision says there are several reasons why a wooden floor fan won’t fall through the ceiling fan’s top.
“A wooden fan is designed to be pushed down a little bit,” he says.
“So there’s less room in the wall for a wooden window to get through.
Dennision also says that most wood ceiling fans aren’t built to last long, and that there’s a reason why wood ceiling girders are popular: “They’re really good at catching dust and debris. “
That means it won’t be able to be driven through the wall by gravity.”
Dennision also says that most wood ceiling fans aren’t built to last long, and that there’s a reason why wood ceiling girders are popular: “They’re really good at catching dust and debris.
They have a lot of internal steel in them, so they’ll be able handle a lot more dust and dust particles than any other type of ceiling fan.”
The wood ceiling cleaner Dennisons installed was installed for his retirement.
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Darnison)The wood fan’s ceiling also isn’t designed to keep dust and other debris out.
Denny’s ceiling is a good example.
“The floor underneath the fan is actually covered in some type of material,” he explains.
“When I removed the fan, I found that the fan’s underside was exposed to dust and dirt.”
Denny had been using a ceiling gable fan installed in his home for a few years, and it had been working fine.
But after his retirement, he noticed a slight issue.
“As I started to remove the fan and replace the gable, it started to leak a little and I noticed it had some type (of) moisture coming out of it, so I thought, ‘OK, this fan has gone bad, and I need to replace it,'” he says, adding that he then noticed the fan was “pretty heavy.”
Dennis eventually replaced the fan.
But he didn’t replace the ceiling gables in the same way.
“There was no reason for me to replace the whole gable and replace it in the exact same way that I had the gables,” he recalls.
“I figured if I had a lot (of ceiling fans), I could do that.
And if I didn’t, I would have to take it down.”
He eventually installed the wooden ceiling fans he had, and the problem has not gone away.
He now has a ceiling that is at least 10% more dust-free, he says that he has a better grip on his old gable fans, and his ceiling has gotten even more dust free.
Denny says he would recommend getting a wooden replacement ceiling fan in case you have a wooden gable that needs replacing.
“If you have the ability to pull it up, I’d suggest it,” he notes.
“You know, you’re going to be doing a lot less work.
But you’re not going to get any more dust in there, so it’s worth it.”
Dawn Wilson, a home décor professional, also recommends getting a wood replacement ceiling gator fan to prevent ceiling dust and grime.
She says that wood gators are much easier to install than metal gators because wood gator fans are much more durable and long lasting.
“Most of us don’t have the time to install a whole new ceiling fan,” Wilson says.
She recommends that you just install one fan to start with.
Wilson recommends using a fan controller.
“We have a really good one in our shop that can handle up to three fans,” she says.
But for those who have a wood gable or ceiling fan that needs replacement, she says that you should “go ahead and just install the fan that you have, and just leave the other one alone.”
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