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Old 07-11-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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While attempting to replace an old switch to bathroom exhaust, I found,,, old switch has 2 neutral, and two hot legs, one jumper from neutral to hot. new 3 pole switches have only one hot. For now no configuration works. Really do not want to have to rewire entire circuit.

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Normally a switch would not control a neutral. The neutral should be unswitched.

You are going to need to determine the function of each wire and we can go from there. Do you have a test meter?

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I'm guessing it was 1 hot/3 switch legs....no neutral. Just because the wire has white insulation doesn't mean its a neutral.
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Normally a switch would not control a neutral. The neutral should be unswitched.

You are going to need to determine the function of each wire and we can go from there. Do you have a test meter?
Yes, The back of the old switch has 3 hot feeds, 3 neutral feeds. Bottom and top are used and middle are jumped from top and bottom in X pattern. I have been told these switches are no longer available. The new ones only have one feed in and 3 out. While i have not taken the time to trace each wire to fan/light/heater itself. I understand how each works. While not licensed, i do understand the basics, and have done several projects inc. 3way, etc. Been in home building for about 25 years but this one has been a headache. Contacting a local friend, (local licensed el. cont) Thanks, i just like figuring this out on my own with assistance from sites as this if i can. But, SAFETY FIRST!
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I'm guessing it was 1 hot/3 switch legs....no neutral. Just because the wire has white insulation doesn't mean its a neutral.
Millions of tires wear out every day?? Where does the rubber go? Should be piled up on sides of road like snow in winter.
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Millions of tires wear out every day?? Where does the rubber go? Should be piled up on sides of road like snow in winter.
What's with all the nonsense posts here lately? Its like I'm talking to a group of 4 year olds who just drank Mountain Dew.
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Just me, but I think he was remarking to your sig.
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Just me, but I think he was remarking to your sig.
Fixed it...if that was the problem.

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