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Very nice fan and can be installed from below
on April 4, 2015
This is a very nice fan. I installed it from below (no attic access) to replace a smaller fan. This fan is so quiet it is hard to believe that it is even doing anything but it is. The installation is not difficult but there are several steps. Removing the old fan will most likely require you to use pliers, hammer or small pry bar to get it out because it was installed before the drywall and you wont be able to get to the mounting screws. After I removed the old fan I was able to see where the ceiling joists were and enlarged the hole to 10.5" x 10.5". Make sure you poke your head into the hole before you decide where to make the cuts to make sure aren't going to end up too close to a pipe or other framing in the space. My joists were about 13" apart so I cut a piece of wood and screwed it to the side of one of the joists so it was even with the side of new hole - this left a solid mount on both sides of the hole for the mounting screws. The actual rotating part of this fan is held into the frame with 3 screws which I removed to make it as light as possible while I was doing the installation. The most ingenious part of this fan is that there is a panel on the frame that has the connection for the flexible duct and the wiring - this panel lifts off after removing the screw that says something like "keep this screw in for grounding purposes." The instructions don't say anything about this which is incredible because this panel is the whole reason that you can install it from below. My suggestion is that you take this panel on and off a few times until you understand exactly how it works because when you do it for real on the ladder you want to know exactly how it works. After I connected the wiring and duct, (here comes the tricky part) I was able to hold that panel in place in the hole with one hand and then take the frame for the fan in the other hand and push it straight up into the hole. When you push the frame up it will connect with the panel that has the electrical and duct connections. You can then put the screw back in that keeps it locked. Then drive screws through the flange on the frame, through the drywall and into the joists. I used 2 screws on either side of the fan and it was more than solid. Then replace the rotating part with the 3 screws and install the white cover which will cover the flange on the frame.