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Old 01-24-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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when i moved in to this ol' house, there was a broken ceiling fan lying on the floor. and 3 wires sticking out of the ceiling, blue, black, and white. if i want to put in a new fan, are these all the wires i need, or is there possibly another wire that got pulled back up into the ceiling. KEEP IN MIND THIS IS AN OLD HOUSE WIRED OLD SCHOOL.

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Blue wire is kind of strange. Are you sure you are looking at the real junction box and not part of the old fan?

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when i moved in to this ol' house, there was a broken ceiling fan lying on the floor. and 3 wires sticking out of the ceiling, blue, black, and white. if i want to put in a new fan, are these all the wires i need, or is there possibly another wire that got pulled back up into the ceiling. KEEP IN MIND THIS IS AN OLD HOUSE WIRED OLD SCHOOL.
I would say there is a good chance your fine. In Illinois equipment ground was often carried by metal conduit of some type. I am assuming there is a switch box on the wall with 2 switches?? You have a good chance the black and blue are switched hots and white neutral and metal conduit is your ground. It is also possible that one hot is constant hot with fan controlled by pull chain and the other switched at the wall for the light. Get a voltage tester and see what voltages you get on those wires measured to ground.
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If it's old enough there wouldn't be any grounds. I highly doubt his whole house is piped..... I would cap off all three wires with a wire nut then take a tick tracer, and see what you have for hots. Also do like in the above post, and check what you got going to your switch. Ben
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If you have two switches and three wires you are good to go. Use the blue for the light, black for the fan and white for the neutral.
Look inside the box. There could be a bare or green wire connected to the box. If there is, just extend this ground wire to the fan housing. If the box is metal, the box and fan both must be connected to the ground wire. If you have conduit, the conduit itself is considered the ground. But you must install a grounding jumper from the box to the fan.
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