How Do I Fix a Pull Chain on a Ceiling Fan?

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Fixing the pull chain on a ceiling fan will involve working with wire strippers, electrical tape and a few other basic items. Fix a pull chain on a ceiling fan with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Good day, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and today I want to show you how to fix the pull chain on your ceiling fan. For this job, you'll need a couple of different tools. For this job you will need a pair of wire strippers, electrical tape, your new pull switch, and wire nuts. There's actually two pull chains on your ceiling fan. One is a three speed control that operates the fan itself. That's located in the housing underneath the motor. The other is the light switch here. Which is usually located right above the light sockets. Now I will show you how to replace the pull chain itself and not the 3 speed switch. For the 3 speed switch there's just a few extra wires you'll have to replace so it takes just a little bit longer. The first thing you'll do is either snip the wires or remove the existing wire nuts that are on there. That way we can remove our pull chain. To remove the switch what you do is you simply unscrew it from the light set and remove it. A lot of times what happens is the inside of this, is it gets pulled too hard or too frequently, and the inside plastic breaks. So if you don't know what type of switch you have simply take it in to a hardware store or home improvement store and they will be able to match it for you. So we'll take our new switch, drop our chain down through and screw it back into place. You want to be careful when doing this because it's plastic and if you screw it too hard and try to tighten it down really hard it might snap on you. So you just want to get it snug on there. Now, you'll take 3 black wires, one to each light socket and one from the switch and wire nut them together. After we have them all wire nutted together we'll take our electrical tape and tape that wire nut on there because through the vibration of the fan and getting pulled on we want to make sure that that wire nut does not come off. Then you simply wire back up your neutral and your hot. And you're ready to go. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and we just talked about how to change out the pull switch. Thanks for watching, good luck with this project.

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