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08-16-2009, 04:27 PM
donmorgan
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between a hot and neutral from the same cable we find the supply circuit from the breaker box

08-16-2009, 04:31 PM
shan2themax
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so, I am understanding that the whites need to be capped off, and the hot is the hot (black) and the neutral hot is the neutral (pretend its white?)

and I thought I had a pretty good understanding of some electricity until this ceiling fan.

08-16-2009, 04:36 PM
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You need to take the hot in the ceiling box with the voltage on it a connect it to the white wire going to the switch box. The black coming back from the switch goes to the fan black and blue wires. The white that was with the hot wire in the ceiling box will connect to the fan white wire. The grounds all connect together and connect to the green on the fan. Does this make sense? Please ask for clarification if not. Be careful.

08-16-2009, 04:44 PM
shan2themax
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It does and it doesnt..... first off..... how do will I know which of the white wires goes to the light switch?

Now as far as connecting the wires from what I read this is what I understand.... the hot black and both of the whites( one coming from the switch and the other connecting to the white on the fan) will connect together with the fan white?

and

the black and blue on the fan will connect with the black coming back from the switch?

Please correct me if I got that wrong!

08-16-2009, 04:50 PM
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The white that goes to the switch will not read any voltage when you check with your meter between it and the black that is hot. Would it be easier if you called me. Feel free to if you want I trouble shoot questions from my website all the time. If not we will continue on this way. But re-read my instructions. You will not tie the whites together at the ceiling box.

08-16-2009, 04:56 PM
shan2themax
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I dont know what website you are talking about...

So, I am going to undo the white wires (they are twisted together) and figure out which one goes to the switch (this is where my problem lies) and once I do that. I will connect the hot black with white switch, then the other white to the white fan. then the neutral black to the black/blue fan

Is that correct?

I guess my thinking was that the previous fan had both whites together and that is what was confusing me as the fan worked, it just didnt have a light kit

08-16-2009, 05:07 PM
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Yes, that sounds right. Look at my profile for my website. I think you can just click on my name above the picture of the pipe left of the posts.

08-16-2009, 05:12 PM
shan2themax
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ok... so this is embarassing to say at 37, but, My mother is on my phone and is refusing to get off of it.....

so.... I guess the biggest question is..... how do I know which wire is the switch wire?

08-16-2009, 05:18 PM
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Between the hot black wire in the ceiling box and only one of the white wires should you get a reading. The white wire that you don't get a reading from should be the one that goes back to the switch box...also it should be the one that is bundled in the same cable with the black wire that had no voltage on it.

08-16-2009, 05:23 PM
shan2themax
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I am not sure If i can see enough of it... but ... I will look again to make sure...
and now that I have read what you responded... duh......
sometimes.... I am just downright silly....