(Ceiling Fan Connection) Help!!!!


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Old 07-02-04, 01:06 PM
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(Ceiling Fan Connection) Help!!!!

I just installed a ceiling fan and I seem to be having some problems.
The ceiling fan is connected to a single switch...and is working fine.
However, the outlets in the room no longer work. I tested to see
if the switch was controlling these outlets before, but turning
the switch off did not cause an interruption in power to the outlets.


The previous connection had black/white/grnd coming in and
black/white/red/grnd going out to the outlets.
Is there a way I can incorporate these outlets with a switch
that can also run the ceiling fan?
I would like to avoid running more cable through the attic if
I could.

Thanks for the help everyone.....
 
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Old 07-02-04, 02:36 PM
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Yes, this should be doable, but we need more detail please:
  • The wiring you describe as the "previous connection" is where? At the switch box? At the receptacle box? At the ceiling? How was it connected.
  • What new cable did you add for this project, and it went from where to where?
  • Finally, what new connections did you make?
 
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Old 07-02-04, 02:40 PM
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Previous connection was a standalone switch with incoming black/white/grnd..and out to black/white/red/grnd.
I am pretty sure the input power is coming from a overhead light
in the hallway.

I added NM2 cable from the switch to the celing fan.

The new connection was just from the switch to the ceiling fan.

I am fairly new at this...as you can see, but thanks for the help!
 
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Old 07-02-04, 05:45 PM
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Here's what you have at the switch box:
  • The preexisting black/white/bare cable is the power cable. I'll call it "P", with two wires, "Pb" and "Pw".
  • The black/red/white bare cable takes both switched and unswitched power downstream. I'll call this cable "D". It is likely that only half of the receptacle was switched and half was continuously hot. We'll leave it that way unless you have a strong preference to change it.
  • The new black/white cable you installed carries power to the fan. I'll call it "F".
So here's the connections to make in the switch box:
  1. Connect all three white wires to each other with a wire nut and shove that wire nut into the back of the box.
  2. Connect all three grounding wires to each other with a wire nut, and to a pigtail to the green screw.
  3. Connect Pb and Db to each other with a wire nut, and to a pigtail to one of the remaining screws on the switch.
  4. Connect Fb and Dr to each other with a wire nut, and to a pigtail to the last screw on the switch.
That's all there is to it. If the old switch was wired with push-in connections, don't use them. Use the screws instead.
 
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Old 07-03-04, 01:07 PM
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Thanks John, I will give this a try.
Will let you know how it goes.
 
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Old 07-06-04, 04:44 AM
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Thanks again John!
Everything works...but, it seems like the switch doesn't actuall
open and close power. Everything runs regardless of whether
switch is on or off. Is that right???
 
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Old 07-06-04, 06:36 AM
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Chances are you misidentified which cable is which.
 
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Old 07-12-04, 09:06 AM
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John,
I checked all of the connections and the diagram you gave me matched up.
I still have constant power to both receptacles and the fan.

Is it possible to buy a ceiling fan remote if the fan did not come
with it already. I would assume that there would be some extra
wiring involved.

Thanks again for your help!
 
 

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