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I guess I needed a "home maintenance" userpic.
This ceiling fan is kicking my butt.

After I closed, I realized one of the ceiling fans made an awful noise at any setting but the lowest one. So I went and bought a new Hunter that matched all the other ceiling fans. I came home, checked that the electrical box in the attic was braced, assembled it, took down the old one, and hung it.

The next day, it had fallen off the ceiling. Not all the way off - the electrical box was caught in the drywall, but it wasn't attached anymore. So I took it down. It seems that not all braced electrical boxes are rated for ceiling fans, and this one only had one screw holding it to the brace, which had come loose. Reattaching the screw put the box back up, but it was obvious on close inspection that it wasn't going to stay there. I suspect, now, that the noise the old fan made wasn't the fan at all, but the box rattling on it's brace. We'll see when I hang the old fan in the garage someday.

I went to Home Depot and bought a braced box rated for a fan. I got up in the attic and realized that the old box had been put in before the drywall, and would have to be cut out. I got out the Dremel and started cutting, after laying down a damp towel so I didn't set the insulation on fire with the sparks. I got the old brace out.

When I went to put the new brace in, it was too big. My studs (joists?) in the ceiling are spaced slightly closer then 16 inch centers, and the brace at it's smallest setting was 1/4 inch too long. Back to Home Depot I went.

There, I found a box that hung on the joist directly with 2 big wood screws, rated for 70 lbs, and since there's a joist right next to the hole in my ceiling, I figured that would work. I got back up in the attic last night to hang it. There, I realized that the drywall hole is for a box that is turned 45 degrees from the direction of this new box, so the drywall's going to have to be trimmed before I can install it, and that's going to require one person in the attic and one on a ladder downstairs. Plus, I didn't have a drywall saw anyway.

I gave up for the night and put the futon together instead. I've been working on this for over a week now, and the ceiling fan is still sitting on the floor. This is truly the universe getting back at me - all the other projects I've done have gone incredibly smoothly. This should have been the easiest project of them all, and it's still not done....

On the upside, I finally got some sleep last night. I'm taking tonight off and taking Michael some dinner. Tomorrow, I'm going to draft Mike to help, and we're going to kick some ceiling fan butt...

Oh, yeah - I started window shopping last night.

Current Mood: tired tired

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: April 26th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to home maintenance/improvement!

If drywall is what I think of it (we tend to call things different here - I think drywall in the US is what we call plasterboard. Or perhaps sheetrock is what we call plasterboard - basically, it comes in sheets, and is gypsum enclosed in a thin layer of a paper-type of covering and comes in various thicknesses. It is attached to interior walls and ceilings either with large-headed nails (or better, screws).
I never used a special saw for that kind of stuff - either a Stanley knife (I'm not sure they are called Stanley knives in the US - basically, it's a very sharp blade in a metal kind of handle that's retractible - they might be called box cutters in the US but I'm not really sure) or if you want to use power tools (or cut a special shape) a jigsaw with a normal wood blade cuts it well. I never used a special kind of knife for mine. For straight lines I found using the stanley knife against a straight edge (usually an aluminium spirit level), deeply score it, then break it at the cut you made worked really well and was quick.

Just be glad that your house was built with the benefit of a spirit level and set square.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 27th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sigh* You don't understand. What's the point of doing a project if you can just cut the drywall (which is the same as "sheetrock") with a jigsaw that I already have, if I can go to Home Depot and buy a drywall saw?
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 26th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
you can also cut sheetrock/wallboard/drywall/plasterboard (or whatever other name the stuff is known by) with a serrated kitchen knife, like a bread knife. it's especially useful when you have to cut something other than a straight line. use a sawing motion, and don't rush it.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 27th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll remember that for next time. Mike's bringing his RotoZip (picture Dremel-on-steroids) tonight, so we'll just use that this time...
pilotgoddess From: pilotgoddess Date: April 27th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess one is never bored when one is a home owner.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 27th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's better to be stressed then bored. I hope.
From: respice Date: April 27th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Window shopping

You know, this is a whole different meaning than the usual way one thinks of window shopping. Unless your window shopping was window shopping. Were you using Windows while window shopping for windows? Or maybe you were shopping for Windows? Or maybe you're looking to install WINDOW on your plane to confuse ATC? Want me to tear the aluminum foil?

This is fun... but annoying, I'm sure.
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