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Posted by Dave on September 7th, 1999 08:31 AM
In reply to ceiling fan by ray on September 5th, 1999 12:45 AM [Go to top of thread]

You should be able to use any of the wires in the attic (as long as they are indeed unswitched power wires) - This is when it would pay to have a list of all the outlets in the house and what circuit they're on - because you don't want to overload them - For instance, if one of those wires is the power for your refrigerator, and the previous owner of the house also tapped in to that circuit and your computer is plugged into it and you sometimes plug the vacuum in - maybe adding a fan isn't the best idea. But if the circuit is just used for lights, the addition of a ceiling fan shouldn't be a problem. An electrician (or a book) can probably give you better information about how to calculate the maximum load on a circuit - but think about what else is on the circuit and how often you use it -

A good weekend project sometime would be to list out all of the breakers in the house and what's connected to them.

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