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I have a ceiling fan that I want to put in my basement. I have access to power from a close by outlet. I intend to use separate switches for the fan and light (one each) out of the same box. I will only have one double gang box to turn on the fan/light. So, I will not have a classic 3 way wiring set-up for more than one switch to turn on the light or fan. Thanks for your help.



Make sure that the outlet is a general lighting outlet. You are not allowed to tap off an outlet used for a washing machine, kitchen outlet, etc.  If the circuit is 20 amps, be sure to use 12 gauge wire.  Run the wire from the outlet to the switched.  You can run 12/3 (14/3 if it is 15 amps) wire between the switches and the fan.  At the switches, the 2 white wires connect to each other.  The black wire coming from the outlet will need to connect to one screw on each switch.  The red and black going to the fan each connect to one switch screw.  At the fan, the whites connect together.  The blacks connect together.  The red connects to the blue or striped wire going to the light.  At all locations, the bare ground wires connect to each other, any green wires, and green screws, and to any metal boxes.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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