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TJP

06:49PM | 10/06/03
Member Since: 10/05/03
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My house is 50 years old has been wired before,(and meets current electrial code) but some changes need to be made. I know I can "piggyback" the wire from plug to plug, but this what i was told to do for the fans. Take the switch wire and hook up to fan (black to black,etc)then run your "homerun" wire to the switch, take the two whites and cap them off together, then with the two blacks, make a pigtail which is then screwed to the switch ,and of course your ground wire is then connected. then take your other end of the "homerun lead and go from plug to plug. The white doesn't need to be connected to the switch? the current setup was done the old fashion way and I have a certain way I want this done. please advise and thanks..
Ted Pallas

MrElectricOly

09:01PM | 10/06/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
62 lifetime posts
We need a little more information. When was the house wired or re-wired? In 1953 or in 1998? It makes a difference. What exactly are you asking? How to wire power to a switch and then to a paddle fan? Mr. Electric

TJP

05:26AM | 10/07/03
Member Since: 10/05/03
2 lifetime posts
house was rewired in 1991. i did this myself,agian with some advice. i want the two bedrooms (7 plugs and 2 celing fans) and have them all wired and run from the same breaker box. I know to wire the plugs, I can run the wire from plug to plug and then out to the box, but I want to include the celing fans as well. So yes i do want power for them. The fans have lights but you use a pull chain. I was told this, start with a fan, have a wire run from the switch, to the fan, connect black to black,etc. inside the switch box,take your lead wire and tie off the netural wire (do not connect to switch. take your black from your lead and your black from your fan wire, make a pigtail (which would be connected to the switch) then take your lead wire and run it from plug to plug. then when done, your lead wire is run right into the box. i am trying to clean this up in the attic so it looks right. And get rid of some of the junction boxes. Thanks

MrElectricOly

08:34PM | 10/12/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
62 lifetime posts
Sounds like you have the basic idea. Several things that might help you along. First, you have to install a "listed paddle fan box" to mount the fans too. Second, if you want to be able to switch the light and the fan both from the wall (so you don't have to use the pullchains) install a 3 conductor wire (14-3 or 12-3) with a ground. This will allow you to install 2 switches at the wall, or even a speed control for the fan, and a dimmer for the light (by the way not the same thing!). If you need additional help, please call a licensed electrician. Mr. Electric
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