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Old 02-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #1
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wiring a single gang and 3 gang box from one source


I currently have a ceiling fan that is direct wired to the breaker (no on/off switch) I would like to take the power and run it to a single gang box for the kitchen light and then from that box to a seperate 3 gang box with switches for the entry canlight, the porch light and a switch for the fan.

Can anybody tell me the proper way to accomplish this task.

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Old 02-16-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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Short answer: Call your local licensed electrician. Not enough information from your post to even try to guess. Good Luck. Having a ceiling box wired straight to a breaker with no switch is not a good sign to start with.

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What's wrong with a home run from the panel to the fan, the latter controlled by a pull chain?

Run 3 conductor cable, same size (12 or 14 gauge) as the feed to the panel.

From the fan box in the ceiling down to the first (the single) switch box.

And from the first switch box to the second (the triple gang) switch box.

Then run new 2 conductor cables of the same gauge from the switch boxes to the lights.

The 3 conductor cable will provide the power to the switches. In the ceiling, connect the power lead into the fan (black or possibly blue) to the new red wire and connect the power feed (black) from the panel to the new cable black.

At the first switch box the 3 conductor cable blacks are wire nutted together with a short segment (pigtail) to connect to the switch there.

At the second switch box the 3 conductor cable black is wire nutted together with three pigtails, one for each switch. The red wire is connected to the other terminal of one switch (for the fan).

At all locations connect all white wires to each other.
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Quote: What's wrong with a home run from the panel to the fan, the latter controlled by a pull chain?

Nothing. It's an indicator that the house is of older construction. Yes, your plan is a good one. As with any electrical job, the ability to run conductors is key. If it's a partial demo/remodel job, running conductors is easy. If it's not, drill and get out the fish tape. Good hunting!
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I'd actually prefer that som eof my ceiling fans do not have switches
Since we use the pull chains we have no need of a wall switch
But most room srequire a switch to turn the overhead light on
....and since that light is on the fan a switch would be required

What Mfg breaker box ?
Square D allows (2) hots under the bereaker
So you could run right from the panel if that is easier
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