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I want to put up a ceiling fan. The instructions say to attach

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I want to put up a ceiling fan. The instructions say to attach the blue wire to the black wire, the white wire to the white, and the green to the green or ground wire. This house is nearly 40 years old. There is a black wire, but there are three tan wires attached together. There is no white or green wire. What do I do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 years ago.
Hi, I'm Mike and I'll be glad to assist you. Do you have a voltage tester?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
yes
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 years ago.
What type of tester is it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It is Klein Tools
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 years ago.
Not the make, the type. Is it a non contact, a 2 wire vom, or a volt/con. The reason asked, it to give direction using what you have.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How long does it take to get an answer back? I can't sit at my computer all day.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 years ago.
I'm waiting for you to tell me the type of tester you have, not the make. As soon as you do I'll be able to give you instructions needed. Waiting on you.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It is a non contact tester.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 years ago.
Use your tester to verify the black wire in the ceiling is the hot. When near the group of light color wires, there should be no reading. Connect the fan as follows
Black and blue from fan to ceiling black
White from fan to group of light wires.
Green to the metal box.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How do I attach the green wire to the box?
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 years ago.
There should be a threaded hole for a ground screw. If not use a ground clip. It attaches the wire to the edge of a box.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. Your question about the type of tester did not show up until much later.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 years ago.
Our site has been slow lately. All's well that ends well. You're welcome.