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Old 07-07-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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I have been remodeling a house and unable to get a fan hooked up. I put blacks to black and whites to white. Trips the breaker. So I have been trying to figure this out without a hundred trips (no pun intended) to the breakers. I put together this diagram and wondering if anyone can tell me if this is right... Thanks!

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Old 07-07-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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The source B/W gets tied to the "who knows where" B/W.
Add a piece of white wire (pigtail) between the W/W wirenut and the fixture.
Tie in the OTHER white wire (that goes to the switch) under the B/B wirenut.
The last black wire (from the switch) goes to the fixture.

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Old 07-07-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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Other than putting black tape on the ends of the switched white wire to indicate it is not neutral, it looks good.

Try it without hooking in the "to who knows load" to see if that might be the problem.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:29 PM   #4
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Drawing looks right, you should feed the source on the white to the switch and then "back on Black" to the fan. Won't solve your issue but it will be wired correctly.

Where is the joint for "who knows what", the source, and the feed to the switch located.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:22 PM   #5
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Awesome, with all your help it's working! Thanks again for all the quick responses!

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Old 07-07-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
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If the house is old, and has cloth covered wire, it is not rare that the white wire grays a little, and the black wire lightens...especially if they have been subjected to heat from the previous light fixture for years. Perhaps you have inadvertently hooked the white wire of the "who knows" to the hot...or be careful, that the "who knows" part circuit may be "reversed polarity", (done sometime in the past)?
Note: If the switch is off, and the breaker trips when you turn it on, then the "short" is not part of the fan and switch-leg).

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