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Old 11-24-2008, 05:18 PM   #1
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I'm trying to put up a new ceiling fan but the house has old wiring(just black and white.) Power comes in at the fan and goes to the switch(end of run.) Can I still use the ceiling fan buy capping off the ground??

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Is the existing wiring BX. I would connect it to the box and the ground on the bracket from the fan.

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It is not armored BX, it is the old Fabric-sheathed cable. The box isn't grounded either.

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what is around the wire to protect it before it connects to the box. is it a metal casing or is it a soft waxy fabric ?.
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It's the old fabric-sheathed cable.
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It's the old fabric-sheathed cable.
Yes. You can use the fan. Ideally you would rewire the house, but since that is unlikely, you can put the fan up, being extra careful to make sure you have good connections that aren't likely to come loose and energize the metal of the fan.
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Thank you for the information. You have been very helpful!!
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Yes. You can use the fan. Ideally you would rewire the house, but since that is unlikely, you can put the fan up, being extra careful to make sure you have good connections that aren't likely to come loose and energize the metal of the fan.
I agree. Not much of a hazard here. How many people can reach a fan on the ceiling?
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You do need to make sure that the box is rated for a fan, and that it is attached between or to joists propertly, or it (the fan) may pull the whole thing down!

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