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Old 04-19-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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I have done a little more detective work and I just want to simplify my earlier question this way. When I turn on one specific light switch, what could possibly cause every other plug and switch on that specific circuit to get power? Every light with its switch turned to the on position comes on and every device plugged into a plug on that circuit comes on. When I turn this one light switch off, every other thing on that entire circuit automatically goes off. What could possibly cause this?

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The switch is turning power off to the entire circuit
Someone wired it this way

Its best to update an existing thread rather then start a new one

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Someone either on purpose or by mistake wired the switch to control the entire circuit.
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The switch is turning power off to the entire circuit
Someone wired it this way

Its best to update an existing thread rather then start a new one
Sorry. I am new to this. This just started yesterday. No new wiring has been done. Previously, turning this switch on or off had no affect on any other plug or switch on this circuit. Now all of a sudden it does. Scary!
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1. Turn all your breakers off and back on.

2. Call an electrician. Something is screwed up This is not internet fixable.
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Sorry. I am new to this.
You made things worse by starting a new thread while your thread Possible Breaker problem is still active. Have a little respect for the folks who are trying to help you.

Take 220/221's advice and call an Electrician
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You made things worse by starting a new thread while your thread Possible Breaker problem is still active. Have a little respect for the folks who are trying to help you.

Take 220/221's advice and call an Electrician
I posted this on the other thread as well. I fixed the problem. A cheap rusted bathroom light fixture shorted out and caused the corresponding negative at the bottom of my breaker panel to melt into another negative. I cleaned up the 2 affected negatives and reseated them in the bar. I removed the defective light fixture and will replace tomorrow. I am sorry about the duplicate threads. I wasn't sure exactly how this chatroom stuff is supposed to work. Thanks for all the input.
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No problem on the dup threads, it happens
It's just easier to resolve a problem in the same thread
That way you don't get a off the wall answer like mine
Glad you found the problem & resolved an issue

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