The ceiling fan originally was located in the kitchen. Given the small size of the kitchen, the fan made it feel cramped.

ceiling fan in kitchen
The fan in its original spot in the kitchen.

We decided to move it to the living room, where a breeze would be more useful. First, I shut off all circuits.  After taking a while to figure out how to remove the fixture, I finally disconnected it and got it off. The fan blades were coated with cooking grease and dust. Just delightful. I had to spent a few hours giving it a good scrub.

ceiling fan needs to be cleaned
Notice all the gunk on the fan blades.

I had to install a new electrical box in the living room ceiling, and extend wiring to/from the wall switch (remember, we can’t stand pull chains). In the attic, I added a 2×6 brace between the joists to give extra support for the fan junction box. The fan motor will cause a lot of vibration to the junction box.

Then I just reversed the steps of taking down the fan, and put it back on.

installing the box and base for the fan
Here I’m install the fan bracket to the junction box.

making electrical connections for fan
Connecting the wires (I shut off the circuit beforehand).

switches - fan switch on right
Multiple speed fan switch on the right.

A note on the fan switch. It’s a special dimmer made for fans which allows for multiple fan speeds. My understanding is that a regular light dimmer switch will not work (because supposedly they would burn out).  Usually fans have the speed control built into the fan itself with a pull chain mechanism. I had the fan’s set to its highest speed in order for the wall switch to work properly.

fan installed in living room
Fan in place (with pull chain removed).

Pesky disclaimer: This post (and blog in general) is only for entertainment purposes and is not a how-to guide.  Please consult with your electrician before doing any electrical work on your house.  We are not responsible for anything you do to your house.