How to remove huge, heavy and scary fan in the attic?
About a month ago, I just bought a house. I intentionally looked for one with "good bones" and a rock-bottom price but bad cosmetics because I've always wanted to gut a place as much as possible and make a complete transformation. I've finally found it! My primary focal point is the interior. I'm planning to get rid of about 80-90% of the plaster to replace with drywall (I'm keeping it in the living room as it's in OK condition as compared to the rest)...so, naturally, I begin removing walls and the ceiling. Everything has been going OK so far, besides having a rat skull or two fall right on my head from the ceiling!
Anyways, In the hallway, I notice there's some kind of grate. With the surrounding plaster, it comes down. I cautiously peek up this hole, afraid of the possibility of black widow spiders and rodents, and instead see this gigantic fan at the end of this tunnel-looking thing--the fan was about five feet high, it was THAT big. I can't fathom on how it was put up there, as heavy as it looks. The attic's hatchway, which is big enough for a small adult, wasn't big enough for this fan to be pushed up there. So, how do I get this thing OUT of my house and sent away to China to be turned into cheap $1.99 disposable razors?
I don't even know why it's in here in the first place. The house is a little less than 1500 sq. ft, so it's definitely oversized. It looks like something you'd find at a very large industrial warehouse. I know what whole-house fans are, and I'm pretty sure that's what it was intended as, but your average Home Depot special whole-house fan is small, like two-odd feet wide in diameter and pretty flimsy and lightweight. This is so big and heavy-looking, I can probably get a pretty penny just for it's scrap metal value. It's old, ugly, dangerous and kind of scary. One flick of the switch and it looks like it can pull you up and make you into mincemeat. I have no use for it, and I don't even want to turn it on. I didn't know it existed until then.
Does anyone have a good idea on how to get this out of my attic, keeping in mind I do not want to cut it out of the joists? I need to have a plan, I'd like to get the hallway drywalled up so I can move on.
This post was edited by bhendricks on Mon, Feb 11, 13 at 15:53