breaker trips

Old 09-01-03, 06:10 PM
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breaker trips

I am adding a ceiling fan in a basement room without any existing wiring. I am trying to run the power from a GFI outlet through a regular light switch and on to the ceiling fan. The problem is every time I flip the switch I blow a breaker. When I bypass the light switch and run the power straight to the fan, everything is fine. I wired (14-2wire) the light switch with the bare copper wires togather, the black(neutral?) wires togather on the one brass screw, and the white(hot?) wires, one on each side of the switch in the push connections, next to the two silver scews. Please tell me what I am doing wrong.
Old 09-01-03, 07:01 PM
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Okey Dokey this is an easy one. You need to not put the white(really the neutral) wire on the switch. You are creating a dead short. First of all do not use the push connectors on the back of the switch it will eventually fail. strip the black(really the hot) wire (cable from gfi) Wrap it counterclockwise on the top screw and tighten the screw. Take the other black wire(cable from the fan)strip it and wrap it counterclockwise on the bottom screw and tighten the screw. The two white wires will need to be spliced(wirenutted) and tucked into the box.Remember to turn off the power and test it to make sure it is off before doing any electrical work

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