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Old 04-20-2013, 01:47 AM   #1
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Adding ceiling fan where none exists...


Hi there,

I know this has been covered ad-nausium but I just want to make sure Im doing this right.... I read many of the posts on here but dont see anything that fits...

I have a room that currently has a single switch that controls the bottom half of an outlet across the room.. I would like to add two switches and a retro box. One would control the fan, one for the fan light and the existing one for the outlet. I have access to the attic so I can install the proper fixture, etc. I also have the tools to pull the wires, etc... What I don't know is what to pull where, how many and where to connect up to the existing wires in the wall box. I've posted a drawing of the current switch and box...



Any help would be greatly appreciated.... Thanks so much, Chris

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Old 04-20-2013, 07:25 AM   #2
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You would run a xx-3 cable from the fan location to the switch box. The red will be the light, the black will be control for the fan. The xx will be #14 or #12 depending if the circuit is 15 or 20 amps.

At the switch box the new switches will each get a pigtail off the constant hot to provide power for the new switches. The black and the red will be on the other screws of the new switches.

The new white splices to the other whites.

All grounds together and to the switches. Add pigtails as needed.

Make sure you have enough room for the new box before cutting the hole for the larger box.

Label the existing splices be removing the old box.

Be sure to use a fan rated box for the fan.

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Old 04-20-2013, 07:31 AM   #3
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I also have the tools to pull the wires, etc...
What I don't know is what to pull where..

Any help would be greatly appreciated...
Leave the existing switch and light outlet alone.

The real job is getting the proper box properly mounted into the ceiling.
Do that (from the attic space above?) with a 14/3 feeding to it.

The other end of the 14/3 routed to a NEW wall switch box installed
wherever it is also convenient to get the 14/2 feed wire to it.

hth
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here is Jims advice in a diagram, like he also said, make sure you have a large enough box for all the cables at the switch location

I did not show grounds connected just for ease of drawing
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for all your help... I followed the directions and it worked perfectly!! I ended up putting in a three-gang box and it was pretty easy getting the wire down the wall. No fireblock in the way....
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