I need 14/3 for a fan....

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Old 07-16-07, 08:55 PM
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I need 14/3 for a fan....

Right now, I have 14/2 to a light in the ceiling, but I'd like to replace the light with a fan. The catch is I need an extra wire so I can put the fan speed and light on the switch. I hate the idea of pulling a cord.

So the big question is, can I just pull a wire to make up for not having 14/3 or will I need to remove the old 14/2 to replace it with 14/3?

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Old 07-16-07, 09:21 PM
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You can't just pull an extra wire but you don't have to remove the 14-2 just cut at both ends and abandon it by pushing it in to the wall.
 
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Old 07-16-07, 09:35 PM
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You need to replace.
 
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Old 07-16-07, 11:36 PM
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Have you already bought the fan? Many models now come with remotes that will control the fan and light separately with no need to run the extra wire or switch.

Also, many models will accept remotes that can be bought separately to do the same thing.

Half the time I run a fan cable with the extra wire, the customer buys one with a remote anyway.
 
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Old 07-17-07, 08:45 PM
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Thanks for the info. I guess I'm now in the market for some 14/3. As for a remote controlled fan.... That's out of the question due to price. I need to do 3 bedrooms and I don't plan on spending more then $60 a fan.
 
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Old 07-17-07, 09:46 PM
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You get what you pay for. I doubt that those fans will move much air or last very long.
 
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If price is an issue, why not just live with one switch and use the chains?
 
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Old 07-18-07, 10:39 AM
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Actually, $60 will get you a decent fan. I see fans selling for as little as $15. Some pretty good remote controlled fans aren't much more than $60. But of course don't buy a remote unless you want one. I find that remotes are good for bedrooms, where you want the fan on when you're going to sleep. Then you wake up in the middle of the night and are either cold or don't want the fan any more, but you don't want to get out of bed to turn it off.
 
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