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Old 09-01-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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juice to a fan from light switch

I replaced a faulty light switch and thought the two black wires to the switch were:
one for ground &
one for negative
I hooked the p[ositive back to the positive screw
Now the light works, but the ceiling fan does not (the fan switch is directly above the light swich) . Should both of the black wires been placed on the negative? It seems one of the black wires was juice to the fan. Thanks


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Old 09-01-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
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Whoa, whoa, whoa.

You are using completely wrong terms, and your description is extremely confusing.

See how "changing a simple switch" is not so simple after all.
Not that you said this but we hear it all the time.

Black is NEVER "ground". Grounds never get connected to anything but a green screw and are NOT part of the circuit.

There is NO "negative and positive".

Please describe ALL the wires in the switch box in as much physical detail as possible.
Also, how was the old switch wired? You should have copied that exactly.

I'll be honest, from your ideas and descriptions I am a bit worried about your doing this.


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Old 09-01-2010, 09:33 PM   #3
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In very simple terms how many wires and colours in the switch box ??

Is that switch box is one switch or two switch ??

I am little leery on this one can you able take a photo and and leave us a link we can take a look at it ?

If you are not confortable with this one I really suggest that you should get a Electrician to come out and do it for you.

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Sorry for the poor description, please let me try again. I had a celing light switch that quit working because the switch was damaged. I turned the power off and removed what was a broken switch and could only see a red wire connected to a screw and a black wire connected to a screw - I could not tell where the 2nd black wire was attached because the switch broken in pieces. This 2nd black wire was not connected to any screw. Took the broken switch to Home Depot and purchased the exact same switch and then was insrtucted to place the straight black wire on what the salesperson said was the ground connection and then the other two wires to the way they were before. After following those instructions, the ceiling light works, but the fan does not (the fan has no light). To be clear, there is a seperate fan switch above the ceiling light switch. Who ever installed the fan obivously got the juice to the fan from the celing light switch. What I don't know is how the extra black wire (that is straight) was connected to the exact same switch. Is this description any better? Thanks

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