I'm installing a ceiling fan and I currently have an outlet with a switch. Currently, the outlet box has three cables--circuit coming in, the switch loop and the circuit that continues on. The outlet is pigtailed to the white wires (all nutted together) and connected to the red wire from the switch loop; the black wires are nutted together as are the grounds. In the switch box, there is the loop to the outlet as well as another cable that continues on to a different branch of the circuit. The loop switch is routed through the attic above where the fan will go.
My plan is to delete the red wire of the switch loop from the outlet and directly wire the outlet to the existing circuit (pigtail to black), then run the 3-wire from the outlet box to the fan and wire up the fan just like the outlet was. This will leave a superfluous red wire between the outlet and the fan.
Now my questions: Have I missed something? Is is kosher to leave the red wire of the current switch loop not attached to anything? Must I yank that section of the 3-wire and run 2-wire in its place?
It's been a long time since I've done household wiring so I may have misused some terms. Let me know if clarification is needed. Thanks!