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Need help adding a ceiling fan to a "switch loop" circuit (Diagram included)

Need help adding a ceiling fan to a "switch loop" circuit (Diagram included)

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Old 02-19-14, 09:10 AM
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Need help adding a ceiling fan to a "switch loop" circuit (Diagram included)

I have already installed the fan, but my first attempt at wiring was unsuccessful. After some research I found that what I was trying to do wouldn't work. I made a diagram of the circuit that I wish to patch into, any help would be appreciated.

Its an old house(60s era) and all wires in the circuit are 14/2.

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Old 02-19-14, 09:19 AM
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Does the switch control half the receptacle? If so the easiest way is to run the fan to the switch box and make both halves of the receptacle hot all the time.
 
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Old 02-19-14, 09:26 AM
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No, both the top and bottom are controlled by the switch, the brass tab between the screws is still there. The third wire on the outlet is what confused me, I opened it up expecting there to be only 2. I tried running the fan directly to the switch and it gave some strange results(The fan motor would work but the pull chain affected the lights plugged into the switched outlet)
 
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Old 02-19-14, 12:36 PM
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If the receptacle is fully switched and the third wire is a pigtai then if you want to make the receptacle always hot you would:
At the receptacle:
  • Disconnect the pigtail and reserve for future use.
  • Disconnect all other wires.
  • Connect all blacks to a black pigtail.
  • Connect all whites to a white pigtail.
  • Connect the pigtails to the receptacle.
At the switch:
  • Blacks from the fan and receptacle to the switch.
  • Whites connected to each other.
 
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Old 02-20-14, 11:25 AM
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Sounds like a plan!, I will work on it this weekend and post my results. Thank you sir!
 
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