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    DIY Junior Member Steven77's Avatar
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    Hi, needing some help with fan installation. I installed the fan but after installing went to turn on dimmer and now it doesn't stay on. The light will come on when I press in but goes back off. Don't know if incorrect wiring of fan might have shorted it out but no charred wires and what not in that box.

    First pics are of ceiling box. 3 white wires tied together with one white tied to end of those. Two blacks tied together and one red by itself. I tested for voltage and the blacks tied together is hot and the white neutral. Not sure what the red is for. Not going to include the ground for any of the following descriptions, they are all there. You can see the two blacks tied together in the lower right hand side on following pic.

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    The next pic is of the switch that connected the dimmer. A red and white tied together and a black wire by itself on the left side connected to dimmer in pic.

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    Here are pics of the switch on opposite side of wall from dimmer. I do know that the right switch controls power on dimmer. May also control fan. Haven't had this house long at all. The first two pics are of the right switch. It has two reds connected on top of each side and white connected to the left side at bottom. The other pic is of the left switch. It has two blacks connected on each side of top.

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    The new dimmer has black and red on left side and red and green on the right.. I would love to know where to connect this dimmer on that outlet it was on. The old one just had two black wires connected. The fan has a black, blue and white. I tied blue from fan to the two black wires that are tied together in ceiling and the black to the red in ceiling and white to whites. Didn't do a thing. my help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Call an electrician. Fuzzy photos of wires will only get you fuzzy guesses. No one can tell what a wire is or where it goes
    or where it should be connected from images like yours. If you can't figure out the proper wiring for devices by looking at
    the wiring diagrams they came with, and by determining the purpose and routing of your existing house wiring using simple
    test instruments, then you are in over your head.

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    If you don't have a clue it's better to step aside and let someone that knows something answer rather than hijack. Go back to eating your grits.

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    I have the light working by connecting the blue and black from fan to 3 hots (3 tied black wires in ceiling box) but dimmer isn't working. Guessing the red controls the dimmer?

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    By the way, the wires in switch that dimmer was connected to are all hots.

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    You need to have a multi-meter and the knowledge to use it in order to determine where every wire is coming from and/or going to. Until you know that, it will be almost impossible to do this properly.

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