How to Extend Ceiling Fan Down Rod Wiring for a Longer Drop

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Extending ceiling fan down rod wiring for a longer drop will help create more space between the fan and the ceiling itself. Extend ceiling fan down rod wiring for a longer drop 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 talk to you about how to extend the wiring for your ceiling fan when you want your ceiling fan just a little bit lower. For this job, you'll need a couple of different things. For this job you will need some wiring, I'm going to be using a 14-3 wire, your down rod, a razor blade, some electrical tape, wire nuts, and wire strippers. The first thing you're going to do is take your wire, now I'm just using this wire because it's something extra I had on hand. You can actually buy something that is extra wire for your ceiling fan or you can use an old extension cord, something like that, make sure that you're going with about the same gauge wire that's in your fan. So you'll feed the wire through until you come out the other side. Now what we're going to do is use our razor blade and strip about 6 inches off the end of the coating. That way when you put your pin in there for your rod this coating isn't in the way. And kind of separate these wires so you can get access to put that pin through there. Alright like that. Then we'll go to the other side and do the same thing. Leave just a little bit hanging out the edge, pull it through, and go ahead and strip some of that wire casing off there. So that way when you pull it through you should have just wires sticking out each side with no casing on them. Now that we have our wire run through our down rod we will strip about a 1/2 inch off of the wiring. Then we will take the wire from the fan and we're going to put the blue wire to the red if you're running on multiple switches, if you're not running on multiple switches what you'll do is you'll take the blue and the black wire and wire it straight to the black wire. But in this case what we'll do is we'll take and wire the two black wires together and wire the blue wire to the red wire since we're running on two different switches. And then we will put the two white wires together. After all that's done we will take some tape and tape them up. Now what I'm doing here is bending them two different directions and then I will take and tape them down, that way they don't get caught on anything. And that way all your wire nuts aren't in the same place when you're trying to run it into your down rod. Then you will just feed this in and you can pull on the other side, so that way you can get your down rod in there and then you have all this extra wire here that you can run wherever you need it depending on how far back you have to go to get your power source. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors and we just talked about how to extend a ceiling fan down rod wiring. Thanks for watching, good luck with this project.

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