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How to Wire a Ceiling Fan in an Older Home

I am installing a ceiling fan in an old home where there are three wires in the box, how should I connect the wires? How to Connect the Wires for a Ceiling Fan in an Older Home: The Process for Identifying Wires for a Ceiling Fan.

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[ad#block] Electrical Question #1 I am installing a ceiling fan in an old home where there are three wires in the box, how should I connect the wires?

This old home electric wiring question came from: Chuck, in Brownville, Maine.

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This electrical wiring question came from Martha, a Handywoman in Kissimmee, Florida.

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Wiring a Ceiling Fan in an Older Home

How to Connect the Wires to a Ceiling Fan in an Older Home

Example: The Process for Identifying Wires for a Ceiling Fan

What to do with a Spare Wire

There are several reasons why there may be a spare wire, including the following:

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