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Old 06-01-2012, 09:25 PM   #16
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take the white wires apart, if the switch is 'on', do you have continuity between the white and black of the cable that is 'dead'?

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take the white wires apart, if the switch is 'on', do you have continuity between the white and black of the cable that is 'dead'?
No, it's dead with the switch on, like it's the one coming from the switch, since there is no power there.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:09 PM   #18
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Do you have a multimeter, or are you only using a non contact 'beep' tester?
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Do you have a multimeter, or are you only using a non contact 'beep' tester?
Its a multimeter
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #20
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Put the multimeter on the 'ohms' setting, turn the switch on, and measure between the black and white that do not have power.
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Put the multimeter on the 'ohms' setting, turn the switch on, and measure between the black and white that do not have power.
I figured it out. I hooked the black and blue fan wires up to the hot black wire and connected the white fan wire to the dead black. Everything works just fine, fan and lights.
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The only possible way for that to be true is if you're switching the neutral conductor, instead of the hot. which would explain why the switch shows no power.
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It may be working but something is not correct. The white from the fan should not be connected to the black.
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It may be working but something is not correct. The white from the fan should not be connected to the black.
I wont disagree, but the black that the white from the fan is hooked to is dead with and without the switch on.
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The only thing i can come up with is a switch loop with a switched neutral.


the 'hot' cable's black should be hooked to the 'dead' cable's white, then the remaining black/white should go to the fan
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Most people would guess that those other wires are a switch loop !
Either it is not, or it is, and is faulty.
You need to investigate those other wires more !
Can you follow them ?

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