04:49PM | 04/25/09
Member Since: 04/24/09
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I am wiring my new house. All open walls. No drywall or insulation.

I will have two ceiling fans with light kits in cathedral ceiling. I want to have 3-way switches on each side of room for lights only. I want to have single switch on one side of room to turn on fans. I have plenty of 14/3 w/g and 14/2 w/g.

Can you show me a diagram or explain how to wire this. A diagram would be most helpful. Thanks


10:55PM | 04/25/09
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
Basically, bring the power from the breaker on a 14-2 cable into the box where you want to control both the fan and the light both. In that box you will have a standard switch for the fan, and a 3-way switch for the light.

Run a 14-3 from this box to the box on the other side of the room where you want a 3-way switch to control the light.

Run another 14-3 from this box to the ceiling box where you have the fan & light fixture. The white wire connects to the white wires from both fan & light, the black wire connects to the other wire (probably blue) for the light, the 3rd wire in the cable (red) connects to the other wire for the fan (probably black).

In the box with 2 switches, the incoming power neutral (white) connects to the white wire of the 14-3 cable going to the fixture. The incoming power hot (black) wire goes to both switches, either side of the regular switch, and the common terminal of the 3-way switch (the common screw is a different color). The other terminal on the regular switch connects to the red wire of the cable going to the fan. The white wire in the 14-3 cable going to the box on the other side of the room must be marked with black tape to show that it is a hot wire, not a neutral. Mark it on both ends of the cable. Connect the

red & black wires to the remaining 2 terminals on the 3-way switch in this box. Then connect the white (taped black) wire to the black wire of the 14-3 cable going to the fixture.

Then in the box on the other side of the room, connect the white (taped black) wire to the common terminal of the switch, and the red & black wires to the other 2 terminals.

Sorry, I'm lousy at doing diagrams.


05:31AM | 04/26/09
Member Since: 04/24/09
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How is the wiring connected between the 1st ceiling box where I ran the 14/3 (fan 1) and the other ceiling fan (fan 2)? I'm sure they just parallel, but I'm not sure. Can you help me here also?


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