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The Way to Install Ceiling Medallions for Chandeliers

Altering a chandelier is a way. While chandeliers have a canopy designed to cover the electrical junction box and conceal wiring for the chandelier, the canopy may not totally cover the site of the junction box, or may be plain. To add more design elements to your own chandelier installation, put in a medallion to the ceiling. Ceiling medallions come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit any need.

Switch off the power to the space at the breaker box. Use an electrical tester to make sure there is no power to this chandelier wiring.

Draw on a spot for a small hole in the middle of the medallion to conduct the electrical wiring for the chandelier. Cut the hole with a utility knife. Some medallions might have a hole.

If desired paint or stain the medallion. Permit the paint or stain time to dry.

The ceiling joists on both sides of the electrical junction box, with a stud finder. Mark that the joists on the ceiling with small pieces of tape. So it is well away from the circumference of this medallion, place the tape you selected.

Eliminate the tube from the chandelier’s ceiling strap with an adjustable wrench. Replace it with the tube from the assembly kit of the medallion. Tighten it securely in place. The tube needs to be long enough to stretch at least a quarter-inch beyond the medallion and the canopy when assembled.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the mounting strap of this chandelier on the junction box. Use the screws from the assembly kit to attach the strap.

Wrap the ground wire that is green across the ground screw on the mounting strap. Tighten the screw with a screwdriver. Pull the rest of the wires so they hang straight down from the ceiling.

Apply a bead of urethane construction adhesive round the back inside edge of the medallion. Use a lot of adhesive but maybe not so much when you attach the medallion that it oozes out. Run the bead of adhesive along the horizontal portion of the medallion, not the portion.

Attach the electric wiring through the hole in the medallion’s center. Press the medallion on the ceiling. Use four 3-inch trim head screws to ensure the medallion on the ceiling. Use the masking tape that will assist you align the screws to place them into ceiling joists. Some medallions have pre-drilled holes, with others you easy drill to set the screws. Remove.

Apply a dab of siliconized acrylic latex caulk to the top of each of those screw heads to cover them. Smooth the caulk with your fingers to blend it. Run a bead of this caulking compound around the outside of the medallion as well. Smooth the caulking with your finger. Wipe off any excess with a damp sponge.

Continue installing the chandelier after the manufacturer’s instructions.

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