Okay, basically since I'm taking this incredibly, ridiculously
, ponderously slowly
I decided to hoist up the chandelier again
to test its weight with all of the onyx light shades/covers. I want to get the most up-to-date data before I execute my plan.
The chandelier and all of its fiddly bits comes in right at 147.5 pounds.
Okay, that's good. Now I need to look for proper lag bolts that can handle the chandelier's load.
So here's my plan as of now: I intend to drill out the two screw holes that had held the Arlington and the old ceiling fan so I have two holes completely through the rafter. I then intend to put long lag bolts--threaded completely--through the rafter, put the Arlington over those, and hang the chandelier's mount (which Dan so cleverly built) on that. Nuts and appropriately sized washers will be liberally used throughout.
I'll need to find some longer lag bolts...the ones I had were only 12" long and that's not nearly long enough. I expect I'll need a couple of feet. And of course they need to be heavy enough to bear the weight.
SO....the hunt is on......this will take time, but I WILL NOT put this puppy up there until there is zero rational chance for it to fall...….
I also still need to figure out exactly how I'll hoist it.....gonna look at a hand-cranked hoist, that should work I think...….hmmm...…...
Steven in Colorado
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