Welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist.
Is the conduit fastened to the fan?
Ok, have you by chance looked in the switch box yet?
yes, the switch box also has a separate side switch for an vanity light fixture
ok, and are there any green wires connect to the switches?
yes, but when I checked to see what wires were hot, they all checked hot with a test lead
Ok, the green wires are ground, sounds like you are using a pen voltage detector and they pick up power anywhere close. They are misleading.
Do the green wires connect to the switch and then screw to the box? or to other green wires?
ok thanks. I probably should use a multimeter then with separate leads?
I don't see any wires directly connected to the box
you said there were green wires connected to the switches, is that correct?
ok, so where do the go on the other end?
the appear to go into conduit
but in the attic there are only the two wires coming to the fan
ok, so you have 2 completely separate green wires in th ebox, and each one connects to a different switch?
ok and those green wires connect to a green screw on the switch?
I believe so
what makes my situation a bit confusing is that there are several hot wires within the box that are of colors other than black. I guess it's what the electrician had on had when the place was built
Ok, I would add a new green wire in the conduit from the fan to the switch. At the switch for the fan, disconnect the green wire, connect your new one to that green and add another short green piece about 6" long and use that to connect back to the switch. That will keep all the grounds together.
Hot wires can be many colors to help in designating which wire goes where when constructing.
Ok thank you. I understand now
Green is always ground and NOT allowed for anything else.
that much I knew anyway about ground
Ok, excellent. You are most welcome, glad to assist.
Thank You for your help and have a good day!