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The green is for GROUND

Posted by Jim -ATS on May 15th, 2000 07:45 PM
In reply to Installing a new ceiling fan light. by Pat O'Brien on May 15th, 2000 07:00 PM [Go to top of thread]

If your home was built in 1956, chances are that it doesn't have any grounded outlets either. (See last week, there was a posting about Grounded Outlets)

The green wire is supposed to connect to a bare copper wire in your box, or to the fixture box itself if it is metal. Yours probably is, given the age of the house.

Given the unlikelyness of touching the ceiling fan while your feet are soaking wet and grounded, I would say you are probably safe just connecting the green wire to the metal ceiling box and not worrying about it. I would be more concerned about the security of hanging a heavy ceiling fan from an electrical box that isn't rated for the weight load. Make sure the box is well attached to the ceiling structure...

Be safe!

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