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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Darlinghurst Boy, 6th Oct, 2015.

  1. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    rang a few electricians today before i order ceiling fans so i know which ones to buy.

    According to the electrician i spoke to , he said because i dont have a manhole then he can only put up a ceiling fan with light that has a remote only , which i gathered meant no swith on the wall to turn it on / off ? Am i right ? How about the light switch does that stay the same ?

    He (electrician) said if there is no manhole then he can put only a ceiling fan that has a remote.
    Anyone can explain to me in english i dont understand if i get a ceiling fan with light in my apartment then i have to buy a remote and not use a wall switch ?
     
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  2. lightbulbmoment

    lightbulbmoment Well-Known Member

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    You can always replace an existing light with a fan because you are only switching one active from the wall switch. As soon as you want to add a light to to the ceiling fan you are now switching two actives and a another cable needs to be installed to the wall switch. Thats why he needs access inside your roof to run a new cable.

    After a while alot of those remote control fan lights have problems and breakdown so take caution.
     
  3. lightbulbmoment

    lightbulbmoment Well-Known Member

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    Also the cheapest one you can find it will look crap, the motor will hum too loud, it will wobble and shake all over the place due to unbalance.

    Beacon have some nice ones.
     
  4. Beelzebub

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    Do you have space in your roof? Make a manhole.
     
  5. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou LB, so i will have to buy a fan with remote for my apartment ?
     
  6. Andrew H

    Andrew H Well-Known Member

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    surely a manhole is cheap to do?
     
  7. Ace in the Hole

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    What's your ceiling height, could be too low for a fan.
     
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    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    This is a high-rise isn't it? Your upstairs neighbours will get a shock when you cut the new manhole in your roof :eek:.
     
  9. Beelzebub

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    Ha, missed that bit.
     
  10. Scott No Mates

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    If he's on the top floor it would be fire rated.
     
  11. superace

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    I had the same problem and my electrician said I could use the fans with a cord switch. The ones that you pull the string down to turn on or off. same idea as a remote but a little less maintenance issues when renting out...
     
  12. adeline

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    If you haven't gone through with the job yet, ask your electrician if they can source the ceiling light fans? Ours told us after the fact and they can get a slight discount too. We ended up getting our ceiling light fans from Beacon lighting.
     
  13. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    This would be my recommendation too if wiring is an issue. Remote controls get lost/broken between tenancies.
     
  14. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

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    See whether there is access to the roof space/cavity on your floor by talking to strata.

    Otherwise the electrician is correct.