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08:44AM | 05/21/06
Member Since: 05/20/06
1 lifetime posts
I bought an old house where switches are seemingly taboo. What I have now is 3 wires comming from the ceiling fan j-box. a black-tested nuetral, a white-tested hot, and a bare-ground...Like I said there is no switch so the white wire is always hot. I tried to connect as follows: connected the green to the bare, the white to the white, the black to the black and the black/white also to the black. The light works but the motor just makes a low hum and does nothing else


10:19AM | 05/21/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The fact that the black is neutral and the white is hot raises all kind of red flags. Not to mention purple, black and blue, along with fireworks and smoke.

Since this is an "old house" then it is most likely that the cable with a the ground wire was added.

Does the ground actually go back to the ground electrode system or was it possibly connected to a nearby pipe. If it was connected to a nearby pipe then it can end up electrifying some of the faucets.

Hard telling how many different things that are wrong in that house.

And it is possible that it is wired in series with something else.

And connecting a light up with the hot and neutral reversed can end with the light socket shell hot and easy to get shock when changing bulbs.

You need to get the whole electrical system evaluated and fixed first.

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