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    Default Wiring for Cieling Fan

    Got my 14/3 ran from and existing wall switch, to a new box in the cieling (Yes, it's attached to the joist).....so, whats the problem ???....the wall switch powers up one side of an outlet on a wall....so, when I look at the wall switch, I've got 2 black wires hooked up to the wall switch....2 whites wires tied together in the box.....and also a Red wire attatched to the wall switch.....I want to kill the switched outlet and have it powered....what has me confused, is the Red wire ??.....I'm thinking that one black and one white wire leads from the switch, to the outlet.....so I figure if I disconnect the leads from the swith to the outlet (Black & White).....and do the same on the outlet side, that would kill that wiring running in the wall (I'd still leave it in the box....just not used)....then replace the outlet, and it would be fully powered from the lead on the other side....then take the remaining Black & White wires, and wire my Cieling Fan to a new wall switch.....still wondering where this Red wire comes into play.....oh yes....neuteral wires are all tied together (Bare Wire = Neuteral ???). In case someone reading this hasn't read my other post....the Cieling Fan uses 2 wires to power up, and a remote to run fan and light seperately....I'm using 14/3 just in case the Wife changes her mind...then the wiring will be there.....WHEW...that was a lot

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    Default Re: Wiring for Cieling Fan

    First thing you have to do is make sure you've got a black (hot ), white (neutral ), and ground to the switch box. You may have to rewire the outlet at the outlet box first to make this happen.

    Assuming you're using a double switch box:
    1 - Bundle all the whites together
    2 - Bundle all the grounds together with two pigtails. Attach the ground pigtails to the ground (green ) lug on each switch.
    3 - The incoming black gets two pig tails as well, one for each switch, attached to the bottom g-old* lug on the switches.
    4 - Attach the out going red wire to the top g-old lug of the switch furthest from the door.
    5 - Attach the outgoing black to the top g-old lug of the switch closest to the door.
    6 - At the fan, the black incoming will be used to power the light, the red incoming will be used to power the fan.

    If you're using a single switch box with a stacked switch, then you'll just use fewer pig tails in the making of the connections.

    * the word "g o l d" is being captured by the spam filter, hence "g-old".
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    Default Re: Wiring for Cieling Fan

    Thanks for the reply.....it is a single switch box....any clue what the Red wire is for ??....I've replaced fixtures and such....real simple...attach the whites...attach the blacks, and so on.....never ran into an extra (Red) wire

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    Default Re: Wiring for Cieling Fan

    Most likely what you have is a line in with hot and neutral (Black, White), and a line out (Black, White) powering the bottom half of the out let or another outlet, and the Red is the switched lead to the other half of the outlet.

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    Default Re: Wiring for Cieling Fan

    Jack, Thanks.....I guess I'll know more when I pull out the outlet from it's box and see whats there.

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    I'm sorry, I thought you were wondering what the red wire in the new 14/3 you ran was for.

    See what happens when you can't make big waving hand gestures and draw picture on a 2x4 with a carpenter's pencil?

    Is it possible that the switch was part of a 3-way circuit? Was the outlet switched from two different locations in the room? Jack is rarely wrong, but just in case, I thought I'd throw that out there.
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    Default Re: Wiring for Cieling Fan

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    Most likely what you have is a line in with hot and neutral (Black, White), and a line out (Black, White) powering the bottom half of the out let or another outlet, and the Red is the switched lead to the other half of the outlet.

    Jack
    I was thinking the same thing -- which means there is a 14/3 running to the receptacle --- though Sprucey brought up another scenerio , though, I haven't seen 3way switch circuit control a receptacle -- I guess it is possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beer Belly View Post
    Got my 14/3 ran from and existing wall switch, to a new box in the cieling (Yes, it's attached to the joist).....so, whats the problem ???

    ....the wall switch powers up one side of an outlet on a wall....so, when I look at the wall switch, I've got 2 black wires hooked up to the wall switch....2 whites wires tied together in the box.....and also a Red wire attatched to the wall switch.....I want to kill the switched outlet and have it powered....what has me confused, is the Red wire ??.....
    Based on the above thought of having the supply ( line in ) coming into the switch box this is what I would expect to see ......

    2 black wires along with a short pig tail all wire nutted together with the the short pigtail connected to the bottom screw of the switch.

    Red wire connected to the top screw on the switch.

    ( it may also be possible that instead of 2 black wires with the pigtail -- there may be one black and the red along with the short pigtail wire nutted instead. This would mean a black would be connected to the top screw on the switch. )

    2 white wires connected together with a wire nut.


    I'm thinking that one black and one white wire leads from the switch, to the outlet.....so I figure if I disconnect the leads from the swith to the outlet (Black & White).....and do the same on the outlet side, that would kill that wiring running in the wall (I'd still leave it in the box....just not used)....then replace the outlet, and it would be fully powered from the lead on the other side....
    The problem with this thought -- based on the layout Jack posted that receptacle is being supplied from those wires you want to disconnect ( black and white ) and any other receptacles downstream from that receptacle will also be disconnected.



    then take the remaining Black & White wires, and wire my Cieling Fan to a new wall switch.....still wondering where this Red wire comes into play.....oh yes....neuteral wires are all tied together (Bare Wire = Neuteral ???).
    The bare wire(s) = grounding
    White = neutral

    In case someone reading this hasn't read my other post....the Cieling Fan uses 2 wires to power up, and a remote to run fan and light seperately....I'm using 14/3 just in case the Wife changes her mind...then the wiring will be there.....WHEW...that was a lot
    If reading your post correctly and doing the count you have 8 conductors ( not including the bare ground ) coming into that switch box. That is way too many wires for a standard single device switch box and is a hazard and not to code. In which case that box would need to changed to something larger.
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