Chandeliers are light fixtures with structures called arms. On the ends of these structures are light sources, and running through these structures are electrical wires. The arms can sometimes break off, and chandeliers are often very heavy, so take extra care during chandelier repair and when cleaning off the dust that inevitably accumulates on the chandelier.
Turn off the Electricity
Shut off all power with the breaker box so that there are no accidental shocks when repairing a chandelier arm since wires run through the chandelier arms that deliver electricity to the light bulbs, according to Repair Home.
Use a Sturdy Ladder
Use a sturdy ladder when climbing to repair the chandelier. The individual removing the chandelier should ask someone to hold the chandelier for him, according to Repair Home. Ideally, a third person should stand beside the ladder to hold it in case the ladder tilts and falls.
Keep Manufacturer Information Handy
When repairing the chandelier, some parts of the chandelier may require replacement. Knowing the manufacturer of the chandelier can help in tracking down the part of the chandelier that needs replacing.
Purchase a Sturdy Chandelier
Buy a chandelier sturdy enough that there is no danger of it falling from the ceiling. Falling chandeliers are major hazards for those beneath the chandelier.
Glue Chandelier Arms Back on
Repair chandelier arms that break off by gluing the chandelier arm back on. Instant glass glue is the only glue that will work on the chandelier. The broken-off chandelier arm is probably weaker and might require more support to avoid it breaking off in the future. You may need to glue additional wires to the chandelier to add support to the chandelier arm.
Keep the Chandelier Clean
Over time, chandeliers can develop dust and dirt that can cover the chandelier and reduce the beauty of the appliance. The dirt can gradually cause the sparkle of the chandelier to vanish. Remove the chandelier, if possible, and place it on the ground before cleaning. Placing a towel underneath the chandelier can prevent the chandelier from scratching the floor and can also prevent the cleaning agents and water from spilling on the floor.
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