How to Shorten a Ceiling Fan Down Rod

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Shortening a ceiling fan down rod will require you to choose both a length and a color for the new unit. Shorten a ceiling fan down rod with help from a Foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and today I want to talk to you about how to shorten a downrod for a ceiling fan. When it comes to downrods for the fan, you have several different choices in color and length. The easiest thing to do is to try to cut through one of these and pre-draw your holes so you can actually remount the fan, is to go by one the exact length that you need. You can get it from a couple of inches like these, up to 72 inches. So, it kind of depends on what length you need. The easiest thing to do is to buy another one without having to try to cut through this, 'cause if you notice, they have the end threaded. Instead of having to take this into a hardware store or home improvement store and have it threaded after you've cut it, it's better to buy a new one. And then here, they have an oval shape hole with the line at the bottom. It depends on what ceiling fan you actually have that requires the different styles of mounting. So, there again, the easiest thing to do is to go buy a universal downrod for your exact length. When it comes to changing the downrod, it's very simple process. You remove the downrod from the mounting bracket and located on the side, there's a screw, you'll go ahead and remove that screw and then pull down. Remove the pin and the downrod comes right off. Take the new downrod, put the ball on the new downrod, insert your pin and put it into place, according to the groves for your ball. After you do that, you want to make sure that the hole on the downrod is lined up with the hole on the mounting ball. Push it up there, put your screw back into place. And then, put the ball back on the mounting bracket. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors and we just talked about how to shorten a downrod for your ceiling fan. Thanks for watching; good luck with this project.


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