Any Electricians?

Yes yea I know I am a dumb ass :-(

Anyway, decided to change fan in bedroom. Old fan had a light and a fan. You could turn the light on/off at the wall. and regardless of light, you turned the fan on/off from the fan itself.

So new fan has remote :-) so no need for on/off swtich, so I took old fan down and combined the 3 red and 3 black together ( 3 reds together and 3 blacks together )

So I know I have now done the wrong thing as fuse keeps tripping, what needs to be seperated? I guess one set of wires is for loop and other is for switch? do I just remove the loop reds?

Any help appreciated

Cheers

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we cant do it blind, now its just random wires!
before you do a job like this you need to mark wires and where they went on the switch, then we could have help

i suggest you call an electrician now, no-one can help without testing the wires

Years ago when I was pregnant I tried changing a light switch myself - and got a huge electric shock and taken to hospital:oops: Well when my son was born he had tons of blonde hair but it was all standing up!! Right up till he was two it was like that and looked like he had had an electric shock - sure it was just coincidence!

hi one of the blacks will be your switch wire and usually there will be some kind of marking on it to identify it so keep all the reds togetther as they will be your loop and if the black is not marked its going to be hit or miss till you get the right one so one black will be in the live side and the other two will be in the neutral side hope this helps

Original Poster

T05hie

Amazing, such a quick reply. Thanks for your help.

Jubbyme, that wasn't so hard :-)

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Warn your neighbours before you do it though!

no prob

Connecting the three reds was correct..

Connecting the three blacks was a mistake. One of those blacks was the "switched live" which is supposed to feed the live wire to the lamp. Sometimes the original electrician will mark the switched live with a band of insulation tape for easy identification.

What you should have are:
[LIST=1]
[*]All three reds together
[*]Two of the blacks together + one wire from the lamp
[*]The remaining black ("switched live") + the other wire from the lamp
[*]All earths together
[/LIST]

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ukpbz;8212662

T05hieAmazing, such a quick reply. Thanks for your help. Jubbyme, that … T05hieAmazing, such a quick reply. Thanks for your help. Jubbyme, that wasn't so hard :-)



at least it turned out well!

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nick1austin;8212765

Connecting the three reds was correct..Connecting the three blacks was a … Connecting the three reds was correct..Connecting the three blacks was a mistake. One of those blacks was the "switched live" which is supposed to feed the live wire to the lamp. Sometimes the original electrician will mark the switched live with a band of insulation tape for easy identification.What you should have are:[LIST=1][*]All three reds together[*]Two of the blacks together + one wire from the lamp[*]The remaining black ("switched live") + the other wire from the lamp[*]All earths together[/LIST]


out of interest, is this type of job ok for anyone non-qualified to do and doesnt require any further inspection (council certificate etc)?

csiman;8212983

out of interest, is this type of job ok for anyone non-qualified to do … out of interest, is this type of job ok for anyone non-qualified to do and doesnt require any further inspection (council certificate etc)?



For a private house (no landlord involved, no business being run on the premises) you can do this to most rooms but not the kitchen or bathroom.

The person doing the work must be "competent" (whatever that means).

Having said that you may find that your household insurance may have clauses that limit what work can be done. Check with your insurance company being doing any work.
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