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I'm trying to replace my ceiling fan and can't seem to figure out what wire is which ?

My house is 70 years old and it's a bit confusing.

EDIT from the comments:

Four outlets are connected as well as the porch light and the ceiling fan are on the circuit.

I have tools and I've replaced ceiling light fixtures before.

The problem I ran into with this one is that I didn't pay attention to where the wires were connected on the old ceiling fan.

It appears that the power to the box comes in on the left side of the pic in the box and the right side supplies the power to the ceiling fan.

Thanks for any help!

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  • I am also try to figure it out but i can not see it from here. We can not help you unless you add every detail you think of and photos.
    – Alaska Man
    May 9 '20 at 20:04
  • Sorry! I thought the image had attached to my original post! May 9 '20 at 20:08
  • Better, but we still need more information. Such as, are there other fixtures or outlets on the circuit, what level of knowledge, experience and what tools do you have ? Do you know how to switch the breaker off for this circuit ? We need as much info as possible.
    – Alaska Man
    May 9 '20 at 20:15
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    Don't touch anything except what the fan was previously attached to. May 9 '20 at 20:20
  • Four outlets are connected as well as the porch light and the ceiling fan are on the circuit. I have tools and I've replaced ceiling light fixtures before. The problem I ran into with this one is that I didn't pay attention to where the wires were connected on the old ceiling fan. It appears that the power to the box comes in on the left side of the pic in the box and the right side supplies the power to the ceiling fan. May 9 '20 at 20:23
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OK. Based on what you said about the black and white pigtails without wire nuts on them being the wires that were connected to the old fan, connect them to the white and black wires on your new fan. The box isn't grounded so you don't need to connect your green wire from the fan. Don't try to figure out where all the wires go. You can't determine that unless you start disconnecting them and take reading... and you do not want to do that.

The really bad news is that the box you want to install the fan on is not rated for a ceiling fan and needs to be replace with one that is.

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