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Old 09-25-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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Hi there,

I recently bought a new ceiling fan to replace ol' droopy ears on the back porch. Of course, I was rushing when I uninstalled the old fan & didn't pay attention to how it was wired. I've put many a ceiling fan in over the years & didn't think twice.
So, I'm wiring in the new fan & notice the white wire has black tape on it. In my experience, this means it's the hot... There is no switch for this ceiling box, so I don't know why it would be that way.
I wired the ceiling fan : white on white, black/black-white on black, ground on ground. Flip the breaker, and nothing. Try white on black and black/back-white on white(with tape), nothing.
Multimeter is reading 120 from both white and black wires.
What is going on?

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I don't think that I'm understanding what you said but this is how you would do it if it is fed at the light.

1 - Separate all the wires

2 - Now the 14/2 that has the white with the black tape on it keep that white wire and black wire off to the side for a moment.

3 - Now splice all the whites together

4 - Splice the black wires together and add the white wire with black tape to that splice.

5 - Now the white from the fan will spice with the whites that are spliced together.

6 - The remaining black wire from the 14/2 that has the white with black tape. That black will splice to the black of the fan.

You are all set from there. If the fan still doesn't work you might want to check to make sure you didn't blow it.

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I just re read your post. If you have a switch loop which you described you have to have a switch somewhere look around.
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