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Posted: 10/21/2013 1:29:43 PM EDT
Hey Guys -

I'm trying to find someone to install a large ceiling fan (8' diameter) in my living room that has a 24' ceiling.  

The only person outside of handymen that I've spoke with are charging $200/hr in Chicago and estimating 8 hours of work.  $1600 to hang a $3000 fan seems pretty crazy (and yes, I know the fan is crazy expensive!).

Any advice?  I haven't had much luck with Angie's list.
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 1:44:06 PM EDT
I've seen those fans in operation, and I've seen them installed. Your best bet is to have some one that knows wtf they are doing install it. It's a serious piece of hardware and will be dangerous, if not lethal, if done wrong
Link Posted: 10/21/2013 1:58:29 PM EDT
check with the company and see if they can recommend someone local.
Link Posted: 10/22/2013 9:28:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2013 1:43:59 PM EDT by jacassc]
Op, you need to elaborate more about the "scope of work" they provided in their estimate(s)......i.e. the steps the contractor(s) will need to perform inorder to complete the installation.

PS....and getz yous a hat

Link Posted: 10/22/2013 12:20:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/22/2013 12:34:38 PM EDT
In before the "Did anybody see which direction my roof went?" thread.  
Link Posted: 10/22/2013 12:59:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By manosteel00:
Hey Guys -

I'm trying to find someone to install a large ceiling fan (8' diameter) in my living room that has a 24' ceiling.  

The only person outside of handymen that I've spoke with are charging $200/hr in Chicago and estimating 8 hours of work.  $1600 to hang a $3000 fan seems pretty crazy (and yes, I know the fan is crazy expensive!).

Any advice?  I haven't had much luck with Angie's list.
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24' ceiling? They may be doing scaffolding. And for the size and value of the fan, they take the liability for proper installation. You drop it or fry it, you pay another $3200 for a fan. They break it, they buy it.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 9:08:09 AM EDT
estimating 8 hours of work
that part gets me... assuming they are doing a pretty fair bit of work doing bracing to support that Big Ass Fan
I could see why the high installation cost
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 10:53:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/23/2013 10:54:17 AM EDT by JimEb]
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Originally Posted By bigrob83:
estimating 8 hours of work
that part gets me... assuming they are doing a pretty fair bit of work doing bracing to support that Big Ass Fan
I could see why the high installation cost
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They could be figuring a 4 hour install using 2 guys.  Your're in the thick of union country there, so they might be figuring in a third guy to just be the safety observer and/or extra time for a long lunch or nap.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 5:23:47 PM EDT
Those 8' residential models are under 100lbs - not that much more weight wise than 'normal' ceiling fans.  Most of the work will be getting up to the ceiling with scaffolding.  If it was me I would rent the scaffolding, and install it myself - after making sure the joists I would hang it from were solid.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 8:28:57 PM EDT
BAFs require a little more installation finesse then your average Home Depot Hunter.....and they surely don't hang off a fan rated jbox.

BAF Isis style fan installation
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:01:38 PM EDT
Could be mouth rot
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