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Old 08-02-2009, 09:19 AM   #1
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Ceiling fan sway cables??


Hi. I put a new ceiling fan on my outdoor porch. I used qa 12" drop tube since it is a 9' recessed ceiling. It is outdoor UL rated. Yesterday there was a big storm, and the fan spun, blew and wobbled so much the blades actually backed there screws out and several fell off during the storm.

My neighbor told me he has seen outdoor fans at restaurants and such have several cables from the fan motor body to the ceiling to prevent severe swaying in the wind. I cannot find anything like this at any local or big box hardware stores.

Does anyone have any input whether this is acceptable/safe etc?? If so where can I find these or do I make them myself??

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Hmm I have never seen anything like that before but does seem like a good idea in high wind areas

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That is nothing that is commercially available. You'd have to make it yourself.
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If the screws came out and the fan blades came off, the person that put the fan together did a miserable job. Or they had come loose over time.

You could make some guy wires and attach them to the fan pole. 3 of them. So the fan cannot sway. Never saw anything available for this. Like Speedy said. Sounds easy enough though.
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have several cables from the fan motor body to the ceiling to prevent severe swaying in the wind.
Does anyone have any input whether this is acceptable/safe etc??
The only downside is the cosmetics. You may want to use rigid tubes/struts instead of cables. Make them look as if they belong there. You only need three.

Another way is to install baffles nearby so the blades don't see the crosswinds.
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