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Old 12-22-2017, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default Sabotaged bedroom wiring. Need help!

Hey guys,

I need your help and expertise. I recently purchased a home (forclosure) where the previous owner ripped out a ceiling fan and cut a bunch of wires. The outlets in the room do not work.

I have now 4 sets of wires coming out of the ceiling. There are 3 (black/white/grnd) sets and 1 (red/black/white/grnd) sets.

I picked up a non contact electrical tester and i have found that only 1 black wire in one or the (black/white/grnd) sets on the right side is live.

Any idea what i should wire to what? Shouldnt the black and red in that set both be live for a fan?

Thanks so much for your help.
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Old 12-22-2017, 03:01 PM   #2
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That's a mess and I would recommend hiring an electrician to clean it up. This is not a homeowner DIY job. The fact that you don't know why the red wire isn't hot proves that.
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I normally just start touching wires together until something starts working.
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I would get electrician to come out on that mess and I recomoned the electrician to go over the system due the former owner may do something else somewhere else in the house.

this is not a simple DIY and best bet is get electrician to sort it out.. It much quicker have a electrician to that.
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I would get electrician to come out on that mess and I recomoned the electrician to go over the system due the former owner may do something else somewhere else in the house.

this is not a simple DIY and best bet is get electrician to sort it out.. It much quicker have a electrician to that.
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You need a professional licensed electrician.


EDIT: with insurance.
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Thanks for the advice guys.
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Before this gets locked, just to make sure you realize that's potentially dangerous, just what we can see, and there may be more hazards hidden?

If you can figure out which breaker that circuit is on, and turn off that breaker, without shocking yourself, that would be a good move.
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Non contact electrical testers aren't
really reliable .

You shouldn't even go to the DIY sight
Call an electrician
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This could of been one funny azs thread.

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