I recently added a Hunter ceiling fan in a new installation
in my basement (has a drop ceiling). I cut the line servicing
the wall outlets for the back half of our basement and then
pigtailed a line to run power to the ceiling fan.
I just wired together all three blacks, all three whites, and
all three grounds. I didn't connect the grounds to the junction
I now have power in all the outlets between the panel box and
my cut and power to the ceiling fan, but there are 4 more outlets
after the cut that no longer have power. I figured that wiring
all three segments together would maintain the continuity of the
circuit downstream from the cut, but that doesn't seem to be the
case. Any ideas or suggestions to fix my screw up will be greatly
Your plan was good but your craftsmanship was lousy. Take the wire nuts
apart and connect all three wires under the nut.
Did you use a wire nut with adequate capacity for the three wires? Where
did you get enough slack to wire nut the cut run? If you pulled slack
from somewhere, go find where you pulled it from. Cutting into a run
requires installing two junction boxes, pulling the cut back into them,
and adding an extra length of wire between them.
I thought I had done that already, but I'll re-do the connections
ensuring that I entwine all three strands.
I'll have to check. I didn't figure there would be any special
considerations with the sort of junction I was doing. I just got
a bag of wire nuts from Lowes.
I ran the cut portions into the junction box and then added
about a 5 inch long section onto the end to give me the slack
I needed. I'll get a second junction box to do it right, though.
I didn't pull slack, primarily because there wasn't any to pull.
The wire was stapled to the joists in the ceiling and didn't have
any excess wire anywhere that I could reach. The slack was had,
as noted above, by adding wire to the cut ends inside the junction
Thanks for the clarification. It makes perfect sense now that you
say it, but I hadn't thought of that.
That is the way to do it. Something is damaged in the wires going to the
Either one of the wires at the junction box is bad (perhaps you nicked it
when you were stripping it),
or something further down came loose, Did you pull a lot on the wire to get
enough slack to
install the junction box?
If you have an outlet tester (the ones with three lights -- they are
inexpensive and very useful) or a test light
check from hot to neutral and from hot to ground to see if you have an open
neutral or an open hot.
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