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Ceiling Fan where to Connect Earth Wire from Mounting Plate

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Found 6th Jun 2014
I've bought a ceiling fan from Argos, it seemed pretty straight forward to install to begin with. I removed the old light fitting, there are three standard wires coming out (live, neutral and earth):

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and there is a block with three corresponding holes to connect them to in the fan:

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Then I realised there was an extra earth wire on the mounting plate that isn't mentioned in the instructions! I don't understand why there are two earth wires to connect, but only one hole in the connector block.

I would be really grateful if someone could explain to me what this wire should be connected to.

These are the instructions that came with the fan:

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Thanks in advance for any help.

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Original Poster

Wires in ceiling where old light fitting was:

http://s29.postimg.org/y5qmfsu5z/P1100749.jpg

Connector block on ceiling fan:

http://s18.postimg.org/tzg2slwah/P1100747.jpg

Instructions that came with the fan:

http://s17.postimg.org/b90zgigkf/P1100744.jpg

http://s22.postimg.org/5nu1or98x/P1100745.jpg

You put both earth wires into connector block to earth the ceiling fan.

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Fic

You put both earth wires into connector block to earth the ceiling fan.



Wow, that was quick, thank you! So I just need to put both the wire from ceiling and the wire from the plate into the earth hole on the empty side of the block?

moneysavingkitten

Wow, that was quick, thank you! So I just need to put both the wire … Wow, that was quick, thank you! So I just need to put both the wire from ceiling and the wire from the plate into the earth hole on the empty side of the block?



Yep. Also if you have an old gas fire nearby make sure it dosen''t blow out the pilot light when the fan is turned on.

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Fic

Yep. Also if you have an old gas fire nearby make sure it dosen''t blow … Yep. Also if you have an old gas fire nearby make sure it dosen''t blow out the pilot light when the fan is turned on.



I meant to post a picture of the mounting plate too but forgot:

http://s16.postimg.org/mcser9rg5/P1100750.jpg

But it sounds like you understood what I meant anyway! No gas fires here fortunately. Thanks so much for your help, you're a star
Edited by: "MSK." 6th Jun 2014

Just to confirm that Fic is spot on - its probably good to get more than one opinion when it comes to electricity X)

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josephmccowie

Just to confirm that Fic is spot on - its probably good to get more than … Just to confirm that Fic is spot on - its probably good to get more than one opinion when it comes to electricity X)



Always better safe that sorry Thanks very much for the second opinion

moneysavingkitten

Always better safe that sorry Thanks very much for the second opinion … Always better safe that sorry Thanks very much for the second opinion



You gotta be careful

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LMAO If I end up with hair that big I will post pics

Its to ground the metal parts (ie case) as well. So if you have a fault and live touches the case as you touch it the power has somewhere else to go rather than through you.
All electrical items with metal housings will now come with earth bonding.

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The battle of the ceiling fan has been won and I didn't die or get big hair in the process

http://s28.postimg.org/jvdm919f1/P1100751.jpg

Just need to order the correct size light bulb now.

Thanks again for your help
Edited by: "MSK." 6th Jun 2014
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