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Old 07-07-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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I just purchased a new home. My family room has a ceiling fan,which is always hot(controlled by the chain on the fan). There is wall light switch controlling the power to 2 other outlets (light switch on, outlets are hot; light switch off, outlets off). I want to control the fan from the wall switch and have the two outlets always hot. Is this possible?

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Old 07-07-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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Anything is possible. Unless for some reason they ran the switched part of the outlets through the fan box you will need to get a new wire to the switch or down to one of the plugs.

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NEC 210.70(A)(1) requires either an outlet or light be controled by a wall switch in each habitable room.
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Anything is possible. Unless for some reason they ran the switched part of the outlets through the fan box you will need to get a new wire to the switch or down to one of the plugs.
I'm new to all this so I apologize but try to bear with me. What should I look for regarding wire?
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Your description leaves a lot of variables. The below diagram would do as you want, which is fan controlled by a switch and 2 receptacles ALWAYS HOT.

I do not show ground wires just for ease of drawing
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As I mentioned above, your description leaves a lot of variables as far as how the existing wiring is configured. Diagram below is functioning as your existing situation is:

power always to fan and controlled by the pull chain and two outlets controlled by a switch.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:19 AM   #7
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If the wiring for your situation was as depicted in post #6, the below diagram would do as you want, which is fan controlled by a switch and 2 receptacles ALWAYS HOT.

As you can see from this diagram and the diagram in post #5, they both do as you want but depending on how the existing wiring is configured that makes a difference.
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