07:54PM | 09/01/05
Member Since: 08/31/05
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I have 14-3 wire in my attic (RD,BLK,WHT,GRN), I'm installing a ceiling fan, that has only black, white, and blue wires (instructions say the blue is for the light, I'm not using a light) I also want to add a three speed switch on the wall.

What is the wire combinations/route?



02:52AM | 09/02/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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Where does this 14-3 cable come from and go to?

Is there an existing am fan rated box and if so what cables are connected there?

Is there an existing switch box and if so what cables are there and what connections?


03:24PM | 09/02/05
Member Since: 08/31/05
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Thanks for the reply Bill,

The 14-3 comes from the breaker panel, and I don't know where it ultimatly ends. I guess I could check what is off, when I flip the breaker.

I'm not sure what you mean by an "am fan rated box"

or a "switch box"

This will be a new instalation and I need to tap into an exsisting line.


08:15PM | 09/02/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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That should be "a fan rated box".

From your initial question I could not tell if this was a cable going into an existing ceiling light box, etc.

Anyway the box that the fan mounts to has to be rated for that service. The common plastic boxes are not rated to support a fan.

There is a kit with a box and an expanding brace that is probably the easiest to install.

As to the question about the cable.

You need to identify what circuits it supplies. It can be a multi-wire circuit that supply 2 different circuits with a shared neutral or it might be the travelers between 2 3-ways switches or it might be for a wired, ganged smoke detectors, or it might feed both hot and switched hot to downstread lights or receptacles.

And it might feed dedicated loads.


06:39AM | 09/04/05
Member Since: 08/31/05
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Thanks for your advice. I hung a expanding brace and box for the fan. The wire was a multi-wire circuit, serving two rooms, I tapped into the wire for the room I was working on, ran wire to a three speed switch, then to the fan.... Works great.

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