Electrical Wiring in the Home/installing a ceiling fan


I am trying to install a ceiling fan and am struggling.  From the ceiling I have 3 runs of romex, I think I have traced one to a duplex receptacle, one to the fixture switch and one to the fixture, but when I wire them I can get the fan to work but the switch will not turn it off.  How do I wire this correctly, or do i have a bad switch.

From all three sets the only totally common conductor will be the ground, so first connect all of the ground wires together so they are out of the way. The hot circuit will be coming from the receptacle if in fact this romex comes from the duplex. Connect the white of this romex to the white of the fixture, this will complete the neutral circuit portion. The black wire from the duplex will connect to the black going to the switch. The white of the switch romex now becomes another hot wire or the return hot from the switch and will be connected to the black of the fixture. Now the switch will operate the fan. Thanks
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J Cook


General electrical wiring, including but not limited to, residential, panelboards, control wiring, low voltage wiring, Heating and A/C control wiring, single and three phase wiring.


I have been doing electrical since high school. I have been licensed by the State of North Carolina for ten years and am currently the Building Maintenance Superintendent for a municipality. I have extensive control wiring experience.

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