No Ground Wire For Ceiling Fan


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Old 12-08-14, 10:14 AM
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No Ground Wire For Ceiling Fan

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan at my parent's house, however there are only two wires and no ground. I can access the wires through the attic and there is a 3-prong outlet that is grounded a little further down through the attic that goes into the wall to a bedroom upstairs. Would it be possible and within code to add a ground by attaching another wire to the grounding screw of this outlet and running it to the ceiling?
 
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Old 12-08-14, 11:47 AM
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External ground wires must be connected to the main panel or the GEC within five feet of the panel. Ceiling fans do not require a ground to work. What is the wiring method, conduit, metallic cable, non metallic cable?
 
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Old 12-08-14, 12:13 PM
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The ground wire to the outlet appears to be connected to the service panel. However would it be possible to add another wire to the grounding screw in this outlet and run this wire to the ceiling fan?
 
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Old 12-08-14, 01:29 PM
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However would it be possible to add another wire to the grounding screw in this outlet
No, one wire per screw but that is moot. As I wrote:
External ground wires must be connected to the main panel or the GEC within five feet of the panel.
What you want the run is a ground wire external to the raceway (conduit or sheath).

Why do you feel you need a ground? What is the wiring method, conduit, metallic cable, non metallic cable? If NM (AKA Romex) with no ground normally you would just not connect the ground. If metallic cable (AKA BX) and metal box you would connect the ground to the box.

More important then the ground is do you have a fan rated box? A fan rated box has posts for 10-24 machine screws not just ears for 8-32 screws or threads for 10-24 screws both at the front and back of the box.
 
 

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