08:08AM | 07/03/00
Member Since: 07/02/00
1 lifetime posts
I recenlty moved into a house that had a ceiling fan in one room -- the fan had a cord that ran down through the ceiling and plugged in to an electrical socket that was controlled by a switch.
Well, this looked horrible, and I MUCH prefer a light on my fan -- so I bought a fan/light kit, and set to work re-wiring.
I already know I wired it wrong -- I assumed the fan would use a common "hot" wire, (black?), when it usues a common neutral wire (white?). Wiring it up under this assumption, I ran a source wire down to a pair of switches, and ran two pairs of wires down to the switches as well (I didn't have any 3 wire cable, so I ran two two wire sets) I tied all the black together, and split the white from the source and attached it to the switches. On the fan side, I again tied all the black together, and put one white to the blue wire on the light, and one white to the wite wire on the fan.
Nothing happens. Now, as I said, I realized just now that I should have all the white wires tied together, NOT black. However, from the standpoint of the fan, with the switch closed, shouldn't this work? Ignoring the light, it has a hot black to black, and white to white -- shouldn't it run, even if the light doesn't?
I want to fully understand what I did wrong before I try to fix it. . . advice?


05:50AM | 07/05/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
OK. If I read you correctly, you have caused the white (neutral) wires to be switched, instead of the black (hot) wires.
That creates an impossible situation because there is only one neutral wire in the fan/light unit. You can't use two switches to control one neutral. The blue wire is meant to be a hot wire, and you have used it as a neutral, so both sides of that circuit are connected to neutral (when the switch is ON).

You must start over. First, verify that the house wiring is correct -- the black wires are really hot and the white are really neutral. Second, use only one of the white wires and do not "switch" it. Connect it directly to the white wire in the fan/light unit. Third, run a black wire from EACH of the 2 switches to the unit, and attach one of them to the blue wire and one to the black wire.
Be sure to attach the ground wires to the connections provided. Do all this with power OFF.
ps. The way you have it now, both switches must be ON for one of the two devices (fan or light) to work. The other will not work at all.)


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... If you’re up for a weekend project, why not try turning an old picture frame into scaffolding for a living wall? Low-maint... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon