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dabarbrie

04:25AM | 10/04/04
Member Since: 10/03/04
6 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I am trying to put up a ceiling fan in my house. I'm confused by the wiring. It looks like the power goes into the light, and the switch is connected in parallel. (Four wires coming out of the ceiling)I found the hot wire and what I'm guessing is the Return? Those are both nylon covered wires, both the same color. THEN there is the white shielded wire with a black, white and a ground that go to the switch. How do I connect the fan (with three wires. Blue Black & White) so the switch controls the fan and the light? ANY help would be much appreciated!

tperez

09:27AM | 10/04/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
The wiring as you describe seems to be going to only one switch. If this is so then you will have to wire the fan this way. The fan should have three wires. Black,Blue, and White (Some makers have a blue/black or a black/white wire instead of the blue). The Black and the Blue will connect to the Switch leg coming from the switch to the box. The switch leg is the wire that is hot only when the switch is turned on.

The White wire from the fan will connect to the Whites in the box. You will then need to operate the lights and the fan from their respective pull chains.

I hope this helps you.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!

dabarbrie

09:52AM | 10/04/04
Member Since: 10/03/04
6 lifetime posts
That does help.Thank you very much. Just as long as the light switch still works. The house is so old and the wiring does make any sense to me.Thank again!

dabarbrie

10:03AM | 10/04/04
Member Since: 10/03/04
6 lifetime posts
If anyone else has any suggestion, feel free to leave them! I'll use all the help I can get.

tperez

10:46AM | 10/04/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
O.K. I think I know what your asking now. Sorry, It is possible for power to be coming into the box that supports the light. The one cable that you described as power is probably feeding the switch and two other circuit paths. Possibly to other rooms switches or receptacles. Keep these wires together by color.

The one cable that goes to the switch should be wired this way. The black goes directly to the switch to power it.This Black wire connects to the other black wires in the box.

The White in the same cable is the switch leg and should be tied into the other side of the switch and should have been marked with black tape or paint. This wire should connect to the fan's Black and Blue wires in the box.

The Fan's White wire will connect to the other white wires in the box.

Three things to note:

1) Make sure the box will support the weight of the fan and light kit. The NEC requires a fan box to support 35 pounds of weight. If the fan weighs more than 35 pounds with or without light kit. It must be supported independently of the box.

2) Turn off the power before working on circuits and tape them off so no one will accidentally turn them on.

3) If at any time you feel uncomfortable doing the job call an electrician.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!

dabarbrie

02:29AM | 10/05/04
Member Since: 10/03/04
6 lifetime posts
Just to avoid any confusion on my part...There is only one white coming into the light. That's the one that goes to the switch.(with a black and a ground) The other two, which look exactly alike with no tape, paint, or other kids of markings to tell me which one is "Black & White", are the ones coming in from the box, and have power coming in from them...This is the strangest wiring I have ever seen!

tperez

09:25PM | 10/05/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
The first part of your post about the single white wire sounds correct,But it sounds as if a service call is in order here. Have an electrician identify these cables for you.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!

dabarbrie

03:03AM | 10/06/04
Member Since: 10/03/04
6 lifetime posts
That's a good idea...Thanks for all your help.


dabarbrie

01:40AM | 10/07/04
Member Since: 10/03/04
6 lifetime posts
Thanks for your help! What you said, worked. The light and the fan are both working!


tperez

02:06PM | 10/07/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
Thanks for the update. It was my pleasure to help. Take care.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!
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