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sspent

01:42PM | 08/18/04
Member Since: 08/17/04
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A little history first... Originally, there was a ceiling fan/light in this room. The fan was controlled by one switch and the light by another. It was replaced with just a normal light fixture controlled by only one switch. I just replaced the light with a new ceiling fan/light. I have two solid black wires, two white wires and the copper ground wire in the ceiling. The two white wires were capped together with the white wire from the light I removed. One of the black wires was capped with the black wire from the light I removed. And the other black wire was capped off by itself. I connected the white wire from the fan to the two white wires, the black wire from the fan to the black wire, the blue wire from the fan(light)to the black wire that was capped off by itself and grounded the green. Problem, only one of the switches works and provides power to both the fan and light. The other switch doesn't control anything. Does anyone have any suggestions? What could the black wire that was capped off by itself by for?

doug seibert

03:14PM | 08/18/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
.......and see how the swiches are wired.....

sspent

01:45PM | 08/19/04
Member Since: 08/17/04
4 lifetime posts
There is only one switch box. The switch is a double. (does that make sense?) On one side, two GREY wires are attached to two screws and on the other side is one grey wire attached to a screw, the ground attached to a screw and one screw that nothing is attached to. Also, there are three white wires pushed in the back of the box that are capped together. I hopes this helps with figuring this out. I'm more confused than ever. I also did a little checking with the circuit breaker. This switch (ceiling light) and one outlet in that room are on the same breaker with the switch (ceiling fan/light)and one outlet in the room across the hall and the hallway outlet. I don't know if this helps any.

doug seibert

09:53PM | 08/19/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
......Grey does Not equal Black.......

someplace the wires are joined to another set of wires.......perhaps joining both Black wires to the single grey switch wire......

Perhaps the "second" switch was then used to control another something........

I think you need to find another J-box......with grey and black wires....and the thru neutrals........


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