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Retrofit Fan box for horizontal 2x4 truss

I am attempting to install a retrofit fan brace and ran into an issue where my 2x4 are horizontal and not vertical, what are my options to support a fan or are there alternative braces for this setup? ...
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Replacing a pull-chain fan with a smart fan

I realize there are many similar questions that have been asked, but none that I have found that apply to my situation. I'm trying to replace an old pull-chain fan with a new smart fan I purchased, ...
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My ceiling fan has a sporadic loss off power, 1-2 seconds

My ceiling fan will briefly (1-2 seconds) lose power then come back on. All wires are connected according to the instructions, but there is a red wire that was not used. Do i need to connect the red ...
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Wiring fan with Lights

I just purchased a house and I am trying to install a ceiling fan with light. I googled but it shows white, black, and green cables but I have yellow, purple, gray, and red wires. Now which wire goes ...
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Ceiling fan w/no light - to fan w/lights & remote cntrl - single switch?

We currently have a single switch to a ceiling fan with with no light. We would like to change it to ceiling fan with lights and remote control. Do we need additional switch to control light / fan ...
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Why doesn't my remote-controlled ceiling fan turn on?

I just installed a new ceiling fan. When I turn on the switch on the wall, the light on the fan turns on. But when I try to turn on the fan (which needs to be done with the remote), I just hear a ...
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What is causing the outlets and ceilings fans in my home to burn out

I've got 4 ceiling fans not working, one of them crackled and flickered for a while then all of a sudden no power in back bedroom and small bathroom. No power to lights, ceiling fans and inside wall ...
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LED bulbs flash once, turn off. Unscrew one and screw back in they all turn on?

Had a ceiling fan with cheap LED bulbs, they would flicker a lot and had an electrician tell me cheap bulbs can do that. So bought some GE and now when I turn it on they flash once. I’ll unscrew one ...
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What would my bedroom wall switch control if not the ceiling fan or outlets?

In my second floor master bedroom there is a light switch right when you enter the room. It does not appear to control anything. I have separately checked every wall outlet and they all work with ...
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Adding recessed lighting to ceiling fan switch

I currently have a single ceiling fan controller by two light switches (at the same location), one for light on fan, one for fan only, or Both switched on for light and fan. I replaced my fan with a ...
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Installing a ceiling fan, 1920s home

We are attempting to install a ceiling fan into our 1920s home. The light fixture was centered in the room, above it are two wooden cross sections (I’m guessing to support the floor above). We can’t ...
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Wiring new ceiling fan with only one hot wire and a remote

What happens if I connected the two hot wires that were powering a ceiling fan and light together when replacing with a new ceiling fan with remote that had only one hot wired. I put all three in one ...
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Installing a wireless remote switch for a ceiling fan in an existing single gang box

I installed a ceiling fan that has a wireless remote switch to control the light and fan speeds. It can be mounted in the wall in an existing single gang box. However the power to the fan must now ...
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Have 1/2 switched wall outlet. Adding ceiling fan using existing wiring

EDIT: Success! (1 down, 1 to go!) Just need to tidy up the wiring and close up the junction box in the attic. Total PITA but so worth it when the kid is super happy. :) Original Post: Not 100% ...
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How should I connect a light fixture to this box with four cables?

Can anyone tell what is going on in this box? Why are there four plain copper wires? Why is there only one red wire? What is the purpose of the brown bundle of wires that contains a black, white and ...
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Replacing old ceiling fan with light with a simple dimmer switch!

I have 4 blue wires and one yellow wire in a wire nut on the right side as your looking at the box and 2 blue wires on the left! My dimmer switch has 2 black wires on the top in the back and 1 green ...
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Fan control & 3-way light switch combo

I have a wiring configuration that appears to allow for a single switch piece that controls a ceiling fan AND 3-way switching of a ceiling fan light (there's another light switch on the other side of ...
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Lights blink when toggling ceiling fan in another room

I have a ceiling fan with light in room A. I have recessed lights in room B. I noticed that if I have the ceiling fan set as Fan-On and Light-Off, and I switch the fan's wall switch (fan and light is ...
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Ceiling Fan wiring and install

3 main questions. I am trying to replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan/light combo. I've read that some boxes are not rated for ceiling fans. How do I find out and/or can you tell from my pic? ...
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Installing Ceiling Fan with light to outdoor porch

I recently had a home built and asked the builder to leave three ceiling boxes in my covered deck for future ceiling fans. The picture attached is what was installed. There are two white (capped), ...
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Ceiling Fan with remote not turning on properly with wall switch

Installed Arrano Ceiling Fan w/remote. Light was flickering so I replace dimmer wall switch. Now light will not go on until I turn switch on then off then on again
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Trying to wire ceiling fan with separate light/fan switch

Trying to wire a manual ceiling fan/light combo. Image 1 is the current light switch: Not sure why there are 2 black wires. There is only 1 black wire coming from the ceiling, but it is connected ...
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Can electrical in a pergola be ran to pool lights breaker to run ceiling fan and outlet?

We recently had an aluminum pergola installed with an electrical outlet and would like to install a ceiling fan. The electrical in the pergola, which is not GFCI, was ran to the pool lights breaker in ...
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How do I replace this bathroom fan with a different plug?

I want to replace my bathroom fan 'cause it stopped working. The ones in stores I see have a normal house receptacle plug that can just be plugged in to any outlets in the house etc. The one for my ...
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Installing new fan and light

The old fan was wired so it had a switch on wall for fan and switch for light. So I have 2 white wires, 2 black wire and ground from ceiling. This light works with remote. So 2 switches not needed. ...
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White wire connected to two black wires and ceiling fan?

I'm installing a brand-new ceiling fan in our living room. I don't know what was installed there before, but there's one black wire, and two black wires connected to a white wire (*this SE link ...
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Ceiling fan with light and remote issues

We purchased and installed new ceiling fan/light with remote about three months ago. We have not had any problems with it since we installed it but the last 24 hours I have been quarantined to my room ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan with remote (5 wires) to 2 wall switches

I replaced my ceiling fan (pull chains for light and fan) to a TroposAir Starfire ceiling fan. My house has 4 wires coming from the box, white,red,black and green. There is 2 switches on the wall ...
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old fan/light for new

I changed out an old fan/light for new. The new one has a fancy control (no remote). I finished installing and went to hook up switch. Old wires present are two red and a white, no ground. The new ...
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Ceiling fan lights brighten when fan turned on

The LED lights bulbs in my ceiling fan all went dim this week. The lights themselves are OK because they work fine in other lamps. When I turn on the fan, though, the lights go back to original ...
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Trying to find correct bolt for ceiling fan electrical box

I'm really struggling trying to find the correct bolt for this electrical box for a ceiling fan. After taking the old ceiling fan out, I found 2 mismatched bolts that the previous person had used. One ...
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Do I need a pancake box to hang a ceiling fan or can I use what is already in the ceiling?

I have a space in the ceiling that looks to be wired for a ceiling fan. It had a plastic cover over it. I did notice that the cover was screwed into wood that I assuming those are the joists. I ...
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Ceiling fan wiring with dual switches but only one red hot wire at ceiling box

I want to replace an existing "lights-only" fixture with a "ceiling fan with lights". This is a new home and I was told by the builder that the box is ceiling fan rated and is pre-...
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Why has my 10 year old ceiling fan suddenly started shocking me through the fan pull chain?

My fan has been working fine for ten years now and suddenly if I’m barefoot and touch the metal pull chain it lightly shocks me, but does not if I have shoes on. Does this mean I need a new fan or is ...
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How should I connect my new ceiling fan to the existing wiring?

We bought a new home and are replacing an old ceiling fan with a new one. We had contractors here doing some work that was very bad quality so I fired them. They moved the junction box over (where I'm ...
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How to replace bulbs in this ceiling fan?

Unfortunately I have no documentation on this ceiling fan. I've tried doing a google reverse image search and looked at the catalogs of popular ceiling fan manufacturers. There are no screws or tabs ...
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Ceiling fan wiring question

I am trying to install a ceiling fan where a light fixture was. When I took out the light fixture I noticed that there are 3 black wires all bundled together, (and not being used) 3 white wires with ...
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Ceiling fan blades "click" and experience resistance 4x per revolution

My Hunter ceiling fan worked ok a few days ago. Today, when I turned it on the blades begin to spin only a few cm until they hit a point of high resistance and get "stuck". So I turned off ...
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Can I Swap Ceiling Fan and Light Wires?

I bought a home with a ceiling fan that is wired in this manner: the light is on a single switch, and the fan is wired to two switches, on either sides of the room. It makes more sense to me to have ...
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Pull chain fully retracted on ceiling fan

The pull chain that turns the lights on/off on a ceiling fan has fully retracted into the housing. Is this fixable without installing a new pull chain switch?
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Why doesn't my ceiling fan's LED light kit work?

Casablanca 6 speed ceiling fan. The remote control is communicating with the receiver. The fan can be controlled at all speeds. The light does not come on. I will check the voltage coming out of the ...
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Help with ceiling fan wiring

North American home from ~1960s. Unfortunately I dont have a "before" picture of the old fan wiring. Trying to install a new fan which has a light, controlled by a dimmer switch on the wall. ...
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Ceiling fan capacitor acceptable alternative?

I need to replace the capacitor on my ceiling fan. It's 5 wire 4.5 microfarad 350 volts 6 microfarad 250 volts 6 microfarad 250 volts. The closest 5 wire replacement I can find is 4.5 microfarad 250 ...
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My ceiling fan is sparking even though i have turned its switch off. What to do? Will it cause a fire?

I was sitting in my room when I noticed that the ceiling fan was sparking and causing fumes. I tried turning it off but neither it stopped spining nor sparking. I'm really worried about whether it ...
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(yet another) Ceiling fan capacitor identification and replacement

Could I get some help identifying this blown (and very smelly) capacitor from a ceiling fan, and maybe suggest where replacements may be found? I'm not sure how to read the label. Also there is no ...
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Will I need to change out box to hang 16lb ceiling fan?

Just got a Hunter 42in ceiling fan, and it's about 16lbs. I am hanging it in the kitchen. The house was built in 2015 and I have pictures I took during the rough in electrical. It's conduit and I see ...
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Hanging a new ceiling fan - space around junction box

Need help determining if I'm following the right steps, or if I need to get an electrician to install a new junction box. I had an old Hunter fan/light combo. I am trying to replace with a House of ...
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Will this box hold a ceiling fan?

This is a picture of the box and a ceiling of my bedroom. It looks to me like a ceiling fan box but I just wanted someone else to give their opinion. Is this a ceiling fan box?
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Any way to mount a ceiling fan using a rectangular "wall" box?

I was replacing a ceiling fan in a newly purchased home, and I discovered that the previous fan was mounted to a rectangular "wall" box. The box is attached laterally to a ceiling joist in a ...
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The was automatically turned on and we can't turn the fan off

The indoor central gas heating system was automatically turned on even though we did not touch anything. The room temperature was not colder than other days. Then this is the worse thing, we can't ...
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