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Old 05-27-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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2 Ceiling fans and 1 double pole switch


Hello,

I am changing a dimmer switch to a double pole light switch to control 2 ceiling fans with no lights. Inside the switch are 2 white, 2 black and 2 bare wires. The bare wires are wrapped together leaving the 2 white and 2 black wires.

How do I wire to a double pole light switch? I kinda have an idea but I don't wanna burn my house down.

Thanks for any advice!

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Why do you think you need to use a double-pole switch? Are these 2 fans on separate circuits?
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So I only needed a single pole switch? I was thinking 1 fan per side.

The black and white pairs have the dimmer attached hanging outside of the picture.


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wow that's an ugly looking box, always nice when you see copper stinking out of the wire nuts everywhere. A picture including the dimmer would be more helpfull.
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When I wire the switch, the yellow wire nuts will go away.


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What a rats nest! You need to zoom back a bit so we can see all the connections, and which wires are connected to which.
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I removed the dimmer switch. All that remains are the 2 pairs of black and white wires and the 2 bare wires which are connected to each other with the yellow wire nut in the back of the switch box.
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It's still impossible for one to determine which wire was connected where, with part of the photo cropped... How was that dimmer originally connected, and did it properly control both fans?
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Why are there two dimmers and a 3 way switch in that 2 gang box?
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Its a 2 switch box with a dimmer and a light switch. In the original setup, there are 2 ceiling fans and 3 light fixtures on the patio. In the switch box there are a dimmer switch and a regular light switch. The light switch on the right in the picture controls the 3 lights. The dimmer switch that I have removed controlled the 2 ceiling fans (previous homeowner did this).

The dimmer switch on the left has the 2 black wires connected to it and the white wires are capped off with wire nuts. The two bare wires are connected to each other. For now, I have removed the dimmer switch and capped off the 2 black and white pairs of wires (no copper showing ).

With the dimmer switch gone, I'm left with just the wires.

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I am thoroughly confused on what you have already done.

There was an existing fan/speed control that controlled two fans?
In one picture there are two fan/speed controls and a separate switch. Was that switch existing? Did you change the wiring to install the second fan/speed control?

I have an idea of what should be done, but something isn't adding up in your descriptions of what you have already done vs what was existing.
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If I am reading this right, you need to install a single pole switch using the same wires that the dimmer/fan-speed control used.

You should just connect the 2 whites together (like they were) and put one black to each screw on the single pole switch.

You can use a double pole switch if you have bought it already, just put both wires on the same side (one on the top, one on the bottom).
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Looked to me like two switch loops, but the single dimmer or speed control has me confused.
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Looked to me like two switch loops, but the single dimmer or speed control has me confused.
The part that is confusing me is that if there was only one fan/speed controlled installed originally, why are two shown in the pictures?
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