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Old 10-31-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Connecting ceiling fan with light


I had a light controlled by 2-3way switches which I replaced with a ceiling fan/light. The light works fine, but I want to connect a 2way switch to the network to control the fan separately,how do I connect this up?

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how many wires are there at the fan box? did you wire the fan and light together on the existing switch so you can pull the chain to control the fan? if it wasn't wired originally for a fan and light you will have to run another wire from the switch location to the fan box or replace the wire that is there now with a 3 wire.

pictures of the wires in the fan box and the switch box usually help everyone give you the best answer.

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I have 3-14/3 cables (6 conductors) plus copper grounds in the fan box, 1 cable power supply, (black & white) continued from other lights, I cable (black & white) from 3-way switch, and 1 cable (black & white) from a 2-way switch which I added, presently connected to nothing. The grounds are all connected to the box. The blue from fan connected to black power supply, the white power supply connected to a black from 3-way switch, white from 3-way switch connected to white from fan. The light works fine with both 3-way switches. When I had the rest of the wires connected, I could get the fan to work off the added switch, but only when the light is on.
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First of all, it seems you are switching the neutral. You cannot do that.

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the white power supply connected to a black from 3-way switch, white from 3-way switch connected to white from fan
If you are using a 3 way switch, what do you have on the third terminal of the switch?

From what you are describing, it makes no sense and we would have no idea what to tell you to do. We need to know how many of each wire at each box, what you are trying to do, and how you currently have it wired up.

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I have 3-14/3 cables (6 conductors) plus copper grounds in the fan box
If you have 3 14/3's you would have 9 conductors plus grounds, not 6. Are you counting the ground when you say 14/3? If so, you are incorrect in your terminology. 14/3 is 3 insulated conductors plus a bare ground.
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Ok, assuming you are saying you have 3 14/2's at the fan box not 14/3...

Do you know what a 3way switch is? Where is the second 3 way switch? What wires run to the OTHER 3 way switch?
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I am so sorry, I should have said 3-14/2 cables. That's what happens after trying to get this right for so long. Yes, ! know what a 3-way switch is. One is at the top of the stairs, and the other is at the bottom of the stairs. The light is controlled (on or off)from either location. The fan/light is close to the switch at the bottom of the stairs. I want the light to work as is on the 3-Ways but, I want the 2-way to turn the fan off/on independently whether the light is on or off. I have to leave now, trick or treats are beginning. I might come back later tonight. Thanks for your quick responses.

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I don't normally do this, but here is a diagram....

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where did you connect to get the power for the single switch for the fan?
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I tried temporarily to connect to extension cord, didn't work. The 3-ways are wired as follows:
Downstairs switch (near Fan/light):

White wire - common screw (odd color, copper)
Red wire- Brass screw
White wire - Brass screw
2 Black wires nutted together

Upstairs Switch

Black wire - Common screw (odd color, copper)
Red wire - Brass screw
White wire - Brass screw

Switches work well with light.

How should I do the rest of the wire connections?
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Does no one see my diagram?
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Thank you very much for your diagram K buz appreciate it very much I will try it tomorrow, Thanks again.
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Sounded to me that in the op's second post, he was describing and has the feed and the switch leg to the three ways mixed up. Be careful when you hook up you are sure which is the feed and which is the switch leg. Or like k buz said you could end up switching the neutral.
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Well, I hooked it all up as per K buz's diagram and everything works perfectly. I can't thank you all enough especially K buz. I wish I could have found you 3 days ago. Thank you again and if you are ever in my neck of the woods, stop in for a cold one or a strong one or both. Thank you again and again.

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