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switched outlet...tying into the wall switch for ceiling fan

switched outlet...tying into the wall switch for ceiling fan

Old 02-10-02, 03:46 AM
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switched outlet...tying into the wall switch for ceiling fan

I am having a slight prob. with a wall-switch that controls a half (bottom side) of a wall outlet.
I installed a ceiling fan where there was no prior junction,
and I am trying to use a previously installed wall switch, that controlls half of a double outlet to work the ceiling fan also.
I got power to the new junction that I installed by joining into the supply that goes to the switch. (white to white, black to black, and ground to ground...with red from the switch unused, except continuing on to the switched outlet)
The switch is still controlling the outlet fine, and I am certain that I am joined into the same line that is in-line to the switched outlet. (by process of elimination)
The switch doesn't work the ceiling fan though. I have constant "live power" at the ceiling fan, and can control the ceiling fan properly with the fan controls.
The switch has red, black, white, and ground going into the back of it as well as another same like set of 4 seperate wires. the ceiling fan has only black, white and ground. I am thinking that I need to connect the red and not the black, as I have currently connected, from the line that feeds the switched outlet off of the switch to the black on the ceiling fan. Can anyone tell me if I am off base or on the right track? My goal is to have the wall-switch control the ceiling fan as well as the half of the wall-outlet that it currently is doing. Help please! I am drowning in suspense and long hours trying to figure this one out.
Old 02-10-02, 04:10 PM
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If you have power to your fan box and a 12/2 going from that fan box to the light switch box then you could buy a piggy back combination 3 way / single pole double switch keeping the to switches separated.

If you want to run off the receptacle you have to understand that receptacle already has it power source now you are trying to create two power sources to your fan from two different directions.

You need to get an idea how to do this wiring properly before you cause serious damage to your house or you.

Try clicking on the click here in my electronic signature and look at some of the wiring schematics there. May give you some light on this subject.

Sounds to me like you have some serious safety concerns in your method of wiring design.

Hope this helps


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