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Replacing an old ceiling fan in a 1960's era house. Unfortunately I took out the old ceiling fan and didn't look at what was connected where. The old ceiling fan was a fan/light operating on 2 separate switches.

Wiring diagram looks like something I have not seen before

Kitchen Wiring Diagram

As you can see, the white/neutral in the power coming in is just capped off. Black/hot go into switch one, transfer to switch 2, and then white/neutral and black/hot out of switch 2 towards the fan. There is one extra wire near the fan that appears to be black/hot.

Any thoughts? When I try different combinations of wiring I am not having success in getting the fan to turn back on.

  • Is the black wire that goes between the switches connected to the lower terminal (where the white wire is) on the left switch? If so, it looks like the switch on the right turned on the light, and if the light was on then the switch on the left would turn on the fan. Is that how it worked? Some weird wiring issues though - it looks like the black wire coming into the ceiling box from the right would be the neutral. – Mark Jan 14 '18 at 14:36
  • The black wire that goes between switches is connected to the lower terminal where the white wire exits. Previously one switch did manage the fan and other the light, so that makes sense. – Mark Wagner Jan 14 '18 at 14:54
  • Can you post a photo of the inside of the ceiling box? Are you in the US or somewhere else? Is this individual wires inside conduit, or Romex cables? I'm very puzzled by the black wire that appears to be the neutral - are there any other wires coming in with that one? – Mark Jan 14 '18 at 16:19
  • One more question - do you have a voltmeter to measure voltage on the black wire where it enters the right switch, and the black wire entering the ceiling box from the right? – Mark Jan 14 '18 at 16:40
  • Can you post photos of the insides of the boxes? Something very strange indeed is going on here... – ThreePhaseEel Jan 14 '18 at 19:30

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