03:37PM | 05/16/09
Member Since: 04/25/09
9 lifetime posts
yes i realize the images wasn't very good and i did think after i got home that they may have ran green wires thru the shaft for whatever reason. i'm usually short on time when i go over to my friends house due to the variation in schedules and my main goal today was getting the readings. i have a fluke digital meter. my biggest question is with the 12/3 why i get the different readings? when i test the red and black should there be a reading between the 2 beings how they are both power wires? i'm thinking my next step might be just to take the fans down and plug into a pigtail and try to figure out the wiring unless the bottom half of the fan is color coded. my other question would be on the single pole and the rheostat they both just have the 2 black wires coming out of them. yes there is 2 fans in 2 rooms and they both have seperate controls and both have the same problem. in the first room when you turn on the light switch there is a hum at the switch. i am thinking that would be a neautral somewhere, but i also am fairly inexperienced and this is all a learning venture for me. i do appreciate your patience, i will be trying to get back over there tomorrow to do more investigating.

doug seibert

01:58AM | 05/17/09
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Now you're starting to scare me....""this is all a learning venture for me"".....DIY requires a basic understanding AND ownership

If you don't own can't fix-it

""my biggest question is with the 12/3 why i get the different readings? when i test the red and black should there be a reading between the 2 beings how they are both power wires?""

It's Phantom Voltage because you're using that **** digital VOM.....The correct reading is 0 volts

""my other question would be on the single pole and the rheostat they both just have the 2 black wires coming out of them.""

How many more wire do you need?????

The switch MAKES the BREAKS the circuit....In/Out......Line/Load....Black and Black

"......measure Once.....cut Twice....

throw that one away and cut a new one...."


04:39AM | 05/17/09
Member Since: 04/25/09
9 lifetime posts
don't be scared i am a certified electrician i just finished school and am now getting my associates degree i just don't have much experience in the field. it is starting to make sense to me now tho. the 2 wires coming from the light switch just seemed kind of weird to me, but your right it just breaks contact and only needs 2 wires. i am going to try to get back over there today and pull the shaft apart and see if its all green wires coming from the fan motor or if someone added a pigtail. i am still curious tho as to what all could cause the hum from the wall switch in the other room.

Yankee Grandma

10:36PM | 01/21/13
Member Since: 01/21/13
1 lifetime posts
I have a lighted ceiling fan with a wall switch. I pulled the chain to turn the lights on and when I did, it was like a light bulb blew, I lost power in half of my living room, a kitchen light and my rangehood and also to my outside light(switch is on same one for fan) I don't know what happened. Could you please help me in possibly repairing this and restoring my power without it costing me $500.00 ? Maybe if you could tell me where to start to look in the fan for a clue as to what happened or something.... Thank You


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