Actually, it all worked out - but only at the locations where the wires were OK. The black 'hot' from the ceiling had no current. The switched wire was fine. There was one location in the house where it DID operate as specified. SO, as it stands now, I can run the fans and light fixtures from the wall switches (not desirable, but it works) or I can wait for the contractor to return to fix it (among countless other items).