This ceiling fan, or more accurately the project of installing it, had me stuck for a long time. It sat on the home office floor more than a month while I got busy with other things, frustrated and intimidated at the thought of leveling and securing the electrical box from up in the attic.
It would take a long time to explain the whys and wherefores of the old-box/new-box ceiling drama. It would be useful to probably no one.
Instead what I thought might be helpful is to say something about the value of hiring a pro, and how getting over the hump by completing one challenging project can lift spirits and create new momentum. There is value in struggling. Once struggling has gone on for a bit, there is more value in finishing.
I hired an electrician to tear out the old support and install a new one along with a new box. He didn’t install the fan because the box replacement caused some drywall damage, which he wasn’t prepared to fix. I took care of that and hooked up the fan yesterday afternoon. It is so much nicer and more finished in the office now.
I feel less stuck now, and am taking advantage of that to post some blogs and make some progress on new projects. I should have hired help sooner, and that is the lesson I take away.