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Old 06-10-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Hey, I am new to the forum and looking for some help:

I recently purchased a new house and I am trying to wire a new fan/light in one of the guest rooms. The room already has the box in the ceiling for the fan, and two switches on the wall. I am trying to wire the fan to one of the switches and the light to the other. I tried to hook it up using the directions from Hunter, and now one of the switches turns the fan on, but the other switch does not turn the light on.

-The wires I have in the box in the ceiling are: one red, one black, one white, and one ground.
-The wires I have coming from the fan/light are: one black, one white, one black/white, and one ground.

I hooked the white to the white, the black to the black, the red to the black/white, and the ground to the ground. Once I realized this didn't work, I looked behind the switches and the red wire is not connected to anything, it just has a wire nut on the end of it. Also, on a side note, the switch that I want to control the light, also controls a plug outlet in the room, so I don't know if this will affect anything or not.

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That capped red wire needs to be switched---it could go on the switch that controls the outlet--or hard wire the outlet permanently 'on' and the use that switch for the light on the fan.

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That capped red wire needs to be switched---it could go on the switch that controls the outlet--or hard wire the outlet permanently 'on' and the use that switch for the light on the fan.
I would like to have the out be permanently on, but I am not sure how to do that. Also, I just pulled the switch out of the wall that is supposed to control the light. The switch has a 3 wires going into it, one black, one black/white, and one ground. I swapped the black/white with the capped red and nothing happened. So I swapped the black with the capped red and the lights came on for just a second and then tripped the breaker.
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Post a picture of the box---

Do you have a tester? If so--determine which is the 'hot' and which is the switch leg heading to the outlet--

I am not a licensed electrician---and everything is in conduit here--so the Romex you are looking at is something I seldom see--

I'll do my best until an electrician arrives---Mike----
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