Ceiling fan switch

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Old 06-19-11, 08:26 PM
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Ceiling fan switch

OK, you know how much we encourage people to pull one wire at a time to prevent confusion. Well, I'm in Charleston, SC visiting and the kid's ceiling fan has no chain, so it is an easy fix, right. Buy a new switch, drop the light and fix it. Well after pulling down the light I find the wires to the fan switch all pulled out and I have no idea how they go back. I have a green, gray, and brown from the module along with a black "line". The back of the switch is marked L, 1,2, and 3. Without a lot of grief, can you guys rescue me and tell me in which order these wires go. Oh, I figured out the L and "line" by myself

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Old 06-20-11, 12:04 AM
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In case you don't get a better answer since you know which is line I'd suggest temporarily hooking line to each of the remaining leads and seeing what speed you have when you restore power. Then use a multimeter to determine if 1 is the first lead after off.
 

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Old 06-20-11, 02:53 PM
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I tried "trial and error", but the cheap crappy switches are plastic and to release a wire you need to use a paper clip, similar to a stab back. First switch broke the case on 3 wire holders.....second switch broke two (a little more careful, I guess). Gave up got them a new fan and didn't have to deal with the switch problem. Let the person who gets it off the curb deal with it
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Old 06-20-11, 03:15 PM
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Only had to deal with them a couple of times and was never in a good mood after I finished.

Just to add for others who might read I was suggesting using a wire nut to connect line to each of the wires. Of course you have to determine line first. If not marked that is done measuring to neutral to find which is hot. There is always a danger of letting the smoke out of the bottle so you do so at your own risk.
 
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