If you want to hang a chandelier, but the electrical box is not in the right place, it is possible to extend it with the swag method. The swag method of hanging chandeliers allows you to hang the fixture from the ceiling without moving the electrical junction box using heavy toggle hooks. In fact, some chandeliers have a ready-made swag design. The most convenient way to accomplish this is with the help of expert electricians such as Gosling Electrical Service. However, it is possible to do this yourself. Follow these tips to swag a chandelier.
Prepare to Swag the Chandelier
To swag the chandelier, gather:
- work gloves
- tape measure
- adjustable pliers
- stud finder
- drill and drill bit
- lamp cord
- heavy-duty toggle bolts with hooks
- swag chandelier or swag kit
Don't step on the last rung of the ladder or overextend your reach to keep from falling. Choose the desired location, and measure from there to the nearest outlet, adding two feet to the chain to allow for slack. This figure can vary according to how far you want the chain to drape over the hook.
Install the Hook
Find a stud finder that can also detect wiring. Slowly move a stud finder across the ceiling to locate joists, beams that span the walls and room width, near the location and mark it with a pencil. The stud finder commonly makes a beep when it locates a joist.
Check accuracy by trying to insert a straight pin in the location. If you can't push it all the way in, you found a joist.
Drill a two-inch hole through the mark using the drill and drill bit slightly smaller than hook shank diameter. Insert the shank into the hole, and .rotate the toggle bracket until it gets near the bolt end. If you can't locate a stud, tap a small hole through the drywall using the screwdriver.
Finish closing the toggle bracket, then place them in the hole, then press them until the spring open. Attach the hook, rotate it until it is tight, and install a second hook several inches away, in the same manner.
Attach the Chandelier
Turn off the power to the room from the circuit breaker. Run a volt meter over the connections to ensure no current remains.
Separate links on the support ring to remove the chain and cover plate with pliers and a screwdriver, but leave wires connected. Hook the new chain to the chandelier, using pliers to separate the end link, then bend it back in place.
Connect the other end of the chain to the cover plate, and connect the new cord to the fixture. Hang the chandelier, using an assistant, if needed. Weave the new cord through the chain links, hook the chain on the first hook, then drape the cord over the second hook.