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Old 09-12-2003, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I fix the pull chain on my fan?

Okay, so this may not be so easy to explain.

I've got a ceiling fan with an attached light. There are two pull chains on the fan. One turns off the fan, one turns off the light. The whole unit is also on a switch which kills everything.

My problem - the pull switch for the light is 'stuck'. It's not knotted or twisted, it just doesn't 'pull'. How do I fix it? I like the fan in the evening but don't like the light.
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Old 09-12-2003, 10:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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well this doesnt really fix it but you can just unscrew the bulb


presto - no light and yet still cool fanning action.
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Old 09-12-2003, 11:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a similar problem, when I was mad I yanked the metal ball string from our closet light that it came out, ... I have no idea how to fix it, if you find out let me know
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Old 09-12-2003, 11:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is a link on fixing the switch:

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/rm_electric...386930,00.html

It's very easy to do if you own a screwdriver and a pair of pliers.
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Old 09-12-2003, 01:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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WOW! Fantastic! Thanks so much for the link.
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would just unscrew the bub...
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Old 09-14-2003, 08:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would just unscrew the bub...
If I unscrew the bulb, then I don't have enough light in there when I want to read and my wife wants to watch TV.
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Old 09-15-2003, 04:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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little easier:

it's a light, and it only turns off and on, right? (i.e you don't have multiple lighting levels controlled by the switch)

So go get a light pull chain from the hardware store (be sure the brass part is the right color to match the rest of the fan's hardware). When you get to the fan, take one wire out of the old switch at a time and put it in the matching spot on the new switch. No having to label wires, and it goes really fast.
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Old 09-16-2003, 07:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If you use a screwdriver and take the fan unit apart, many hardware stores ell replacement switches that go inside the fans.

On a 1-10 scale, it's about a three.
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Old 09-28-2003, 08:10 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Done and done!
Took less than 15 minutes and was easy as can be.
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