How to Manually Operate a Remote-Control Ceiling Fan

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Things You'll Need

  • 10-foot ladder

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Paper

  • Chain-link cord

  • Pliers

  • Metal pull knob

Adding a pull chain to your remote-controlled ceiling fan allows you to operate it manually.

Ceiling fans benefit from being remotely controlled, since the height makes it difficult to reach the pull switch placed on the motor module. To control a remote-controlled ceiling fan without using the remote, add a pull cord to the pull switch on the motor module. The pull cord can be purchased from a hardware store or garden and patio shop, while the tools needed are already in most households.

Step 1

Stand a ladder next to the ceiling fan. Measure from the pull switch on the fan's motor housing down to the floor with the tape measure. Write down this number on a piece of paper.

Step 2

Measure from your feet up to your neck with the tape measure. Write this number down on a piece of paper. Subtract the measurement taken of yourself from the measurement taken from the fan. Write this number down.

Step 3

Purchase a chain link cord that is the length of the final number written down.

Step 4

Push one end of the chain link cord through the hole in the lug attached to the pull switch. Squeeze the lug and chain together with pliers.

Step 5

Insert the other end of the chain link cord inside the metal pull cord knob. Squeeze the sides at the top of the pull cord knob with a pliers to secure the end of the chain link cord inside.

Step 6

Pull the knob to engage the motor of the ceiling fan. Pull the knob an additional 2 times to change the speed of the rotating fan blades. Pull the knob again to turn the motor off.

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Marshal M. Rosenthal

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."