Ok so old fan was removed about a year ago. Dad wired new few but never got it totally right. The switch worked and ran the fan but the lights never worked at all. No lights was driving me crazy so my husband decided to fix it. Now we have 2 Gray, 3 white, 1 black, 1 red, 1 green, 1 bare sticking out of ceiling; 1 blue, 1 white, 1 black sticking outta fan, no power at all to bedroom and the bathroom and living room are also out and for good measure the furnace seems to have joined the strike as well because we have no heat and it's well below freezing outside. Please help! To say there is no money for an electrician is an understatement! I mean I could not call 1 if I wanted to cuz can't pay with what we Flat don't have. I know my ignorance in this department makes me less than ideal pupil and it could be a risky handicap but please I usually can figure things out quickly and I'm aware the smart play is call someone but I can't so please does anyone have any advice for us? I shut the power off at the breaker box already I will try to attach pics
The "dark gray"s are actually blacks. Gray is also a color used in wiring, and it has a very different meaning from black. Yours is not that.
Note that the wires aren't just random, they are grouped in cables entering the box.
Locate the cable with a red wire. Note that it also has a white and black. This is the run down to the switch. Cap each of these wires individually with orange or yellow wire nuts, tape the nuts down so they don't easily fall off, and pull the wires out of the way. You will not be using them today.
What remains should be 2 black and 2 white. One white/black pair comes from supply. The other goes to your downline loads like the furnace. Nut the black to the black, and white to the white.
Turn the power back on. Everything else should work now.
Then call in a professional for the finish... or school up by getting a book on household electrical at the library, and reading most of it. Not skimming or cherry picking. Reading.