Determing Hot/Neutral from swag cord

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Old 09-01-14, 08:05 PM
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Determing Hot/Neutral from swag cord

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I am replacing old ceilings fan in my spare rooms. They were just screwed into a beam, with the wiring done with a swag cord. The swag cord is white with only 2 wires, so no ground. Anyway, in order to wire my new ceiling fan I need to know which wire is hot (black) and neutral (white). Both wires are white and I can find nothing to indicate which one is hot.

Ive tried using a voltage tester but it appeared to show each wire as hot. So does it matter which swag cord wire i connect to my fans black wire, and the other to white? How would I tell which one is black?

Yes i know i should have taken a pic before disconnecting the old fan, but it was not resting on a bracket when i removed the 3 screws it literally fell off the ceiling.

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Old 09-01-14, 08:17 PM
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Technically that is not a code compliant method of wiring for a fan.

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I'm not an electrician so i dont care if its not fully code compliant. I just want to know which wire goes to which. My swag cord is a typical white cord with a chain with a 2 prong plug on the end, such as this one on amazon:

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Old 09-01-14, 10:18 PM
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Ribed conductor is usually neutral. Verify with a multimeter set to ohms Wide blade is neutral. If plug isn't at least polarized it shouldn't be used.
I'm not an electrician so i dont care if its not fully code compliant
But the other people it may hurt do. Code isn't about being an electrician. It is about safety.
 
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