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Installing Ceiling Fan Wiring

I want to install a ceiling fan in my bedroom, there is nothing there now. There is one switch on the wall that works on the top half of one of the baseboard outlets…

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Background: Kathleen, a Homeowner from Keymar, MD
Question: Hello and thank you so much for your wonderful site!!!

I am a novice at electrical issues, although I did install some things such as a GFCI and a bathroom fan so I have a basic idea about connections etc. Here’s my current issue: I want to install a ceiling fan in my bedroom, there is nothing there now. There is one switch on the wall that works on the top half of one of the baseboard outlets. I want to access this circuit somehow but am not sure the best way to do it. I think I can install a second switch (have to install a bigger box) and run cable (14/2 or 14/3 or 12/2 or 12/3??) from this new switch up to the fan and then have the switch run the power and the pull chains for the individual components – light and fan speed. What is the best way to do this, at the switch by splitting (only one cord coming into that box)or at the outlet? Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical question Kathleen.
Kathleen, Your a Dear! Sorry I found your question so late, however I have doubled the size of the ceiling fan area of the website so I know your questions have been answered there already, and through a bunch of like questions here in the blog.
You will see that the power source can come from a wall outlet up to the switch box location where the power can be split, one for the fan motor and one for the light fixture.

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