I have always been willing to try home projects but with a new home there are lots of touches that need to be done now that we have been here for over two years. With a front porch and a patio a ceiling fan seemed to be in order for at least one of the spots. Finally a decision was made with the setting sun being the final input. Our patio faces west so in the evening it gets the sun as the front porch has a southeast exposure.
The instructions looked straight forward enough so I thought I would give it a go. My success rate with electrical projects has gone up over the years as it used to be 50% at which point I would call in an electrician. It is now up to about 80% unlike my plumbing project success that still hovers in the 50% range.
Things went okay in the beginning until it was time to start putting the fixture up. It turns out the patio ceiling is actually the vinyl siding panels attached to a 2 by 4 wood frame. They cut a very small hole in the siding to put up the existing light fixture but I knew the ceiling boxes were wired for ceiling fans. That meant I had to widen the hole to attach the fan to the electrical box. I used pruning shears to cut through the vinyl siding but hit a snag when I ran into two pieces of siding that were overlapped. After two hours and the noon time sun starting to come around towards the patio I gave up for the day.
The next day I made good progress and started to put the fan up. New problems popped up with missing screws, the hole needing to be further enlarged, etc. Finally I got the fan up only to find I had used something I didn’t need for a flush mounting of the fan. At the end of the 2nd hour I decided to stop for the day after finding out that as close as I was to having it up I was one screw short of completion.
The third day I decided against calling an electrician and gave it one more effort and sort of forced a solution but actually had the fan work. Now all I had to do was put on the light. The fourth day I got the light fixture on and realized it only took 6 and ½ hours.