Ceiling Fan On Loop Switch?

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Old 04-08-03, 08:19 PM
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Unhappy Ceiling Fan On Loop Switch?

I was installing a ceiling fan in a bedroom that has a switch inside doorway for half of an outlet on the wall. I ran wiring to my fan and down the wall to the switch but when I pulled out the switch there was a black wire going in the bottom of the switch and a white wire coming out the top with a bare ground wire anchored to the side of the switch. No matter how I wired my fan it would not work right and the lamp that is plugged into the wall outlet comes on dimly. How should I go about wiring my fan with this switch or is it possible to do so.
 
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Old 04-08-03, 08:33 PM
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Two options. You must do one of the following. Please pick the one you prefer, and I'll provide further information.

(1) Use the existing cable from the ceiling to the switch, but make the switched receptacle unswitched (i.e., always hot), or

(2) Pull out the ceiling to switch cable, and run a cable from the ceiling to the receptacle instead.
 
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Old 04-08-03, 08:42 PM
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If I do choice 1 should I pull out the wall outlet and make it full powered and use the wires to the switch as my fan power? All the switch was doing was beaking the circuit on one side of the outlet then?
 
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Old 04-08-03, 09:23 PM
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If you choose option 1, you will convert the switch loop to a regular power cable. Personally, I'd do this by replacing the receptacle (to get one with the tab still in place), but you could also use a pigtail to power both sides of the receptacle.

So you'll need to rewire both the receptacle and the switch. Do you need connection information, or have you got it now?
 
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Old 04-08-03, 09:30 PM
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I think I've got it but any extra expertise you can give would be helpful. I appreciate your help - I will probably try and fix this thing tomorrow. I will let you know if it worked.
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Just to be sure, it's strictly black to brass and white to silver at the receptacle (use a new receptacle). And white to white and black to the switch screws at the switch. Good luck.
 
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