I am in the middle of a bathroom renovation, and my new bath fan is giving me some trouble. Actually, Im not sure if its the poorly wired house I bought, built in 1952 (metal boxes, ect), or the bath fan.
It took me a while to figure out which circuit breaker was tied to the bath fan, but eventually, I narrowed it down to 3 of them, so Ive just left all 3 off while I work on the wiring. I blame my circuit tester (http://goo.gl/JIE34
), I think its waaaaaay too sensitive, and picks up (chirps at me) voltage in the middle of the room, or when I hold it against random studs, and even when I hold it near insulation... but that is a whole 'nother story.
So with the breakers off, my father-in-law wired up the fan. I turned the breaker back on to test it. It didnt work, no fan, no light, nothing.
I then turned the breaker back off, and my overly sensitive voltage tester is telling me that the wires are all still hot. But now the outlet, on the same circuit, doesnt work (it did before).
Is it possible to bump old metal electrical boxes (behind the switches and outlets, not the main panel), and short out / blow the breaker all together?
I had a similar thing happen to me in an adjacent room, I bumped an outlet while moving some furniture, and now there is no power anywhere in that room.
Also, the wiring diagram is somewhat unclear for a novice like myself.
In summary, I have 3 main questions:
1.) Is it possible to bump old metal electrical boxes (behind the switches and outlets, not the main panel), and short out / blow the breaker all together?
-If so, how do I go about fixing this?
2.) I have 2 switches, leading to the fan / light combo (White, Black, bare ground coming from each switch). Can someone take a peek at the wiring diagram (http://db.tt/amb8cwEt
), and tell me how to wire this? We will not be using the night light feature, so I have simply capped the Red wire.
3.) Can anyone suggest a better volatage tester than the one I purchased? I already have a few of the 2-pronged testers, so I am looking for something with the proximity sensing capabilities.
Any other information needed to help me diagnose / fix my issues?
Thank you for your help!