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Ceiling Fans and Ground Wires

What To Do When a Ground Wire is Not Available: I am installing a ceiling fan and there is no ground wire from the ceiling to connect to the ground wire on the fan. What should I do with the ground wire from the fan?

What To Do When a Ground Wire is Not Available
[ad#block] I am installing a ceiling fan and there is no ground wire from the ceiling to connect to the ground wire on the fan. What should I do with the ground wire from the fan?

Background: Mike, a Homeowner from Billings,Montana

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Mike.

Installing a Ceiling Fan Where There is No Ground Wire

Mike, if a ground wire is not available then it is best to run a ground wire from another electrical circuit that has a ground wire.

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2 Responses to “Ceiling Fans and Ground Wires”
  1. Nelda Walsh says:

    Thanks for the easy to understand directions..Not for myself but for my boyfriend! I have installed several fans at different times.When I asked him to install one, I DONT KNOW HOW..I explained to him how to do it,of course…my word wasnt good enough..I found this website & called him in to watch the video!.Oh..guess you did know what you were talking about!. Thnks! Nelda

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Thanks Nelda – Glad to be of assistance.
    Unfortunately the “I don’t know how” phrase is sometimes a way to get out of doing something. I’m not saying this is the case with your boyfriend – not at all, but if someone really wants to help someone else and they know how to read then it’s a great opportunity to learn something new and help someone nice. Who knows, it may even bring about a nice rewarding dinner or a batch of cookies.

    Enjoy your Ceiling Fan.