Step 4: Tighten the fan brace

Photo: Kolin Smith
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When you can't hand-tighten the brace any more, use an adjustable wrench for another few turns to fully embed the prongs in the joists.



Tip: Don't overtighten the fan brace; the tension it puts on the joists can cause nail pops in the drywall below.
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    Tools List

    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench,
      used to tighten fan brace
    • lineman's pliers
      Lineman's pliers.
      used for spreading chain links
    • Nut screwdriver
      7/16-in. nut driver
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head and slotted screwdrivers
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • hack saw
      Close-quarter hacksaw (for cutting out old hanging bar
    • ladder
      Stepladder

    Shopping List

    1. CHANDELIER

    2. FAN BRACE

    about $18



    3. TWIST-ON WIRE CONNECTORS