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Old 06-09-2011, 01:43 PM   #16
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This is your problem! "The switch box has one black wire and one white"
There is no neutral in the box, the black and white are just a switch leg.
Sorry - the one black and one white are just what was in the previous single switch...they are both pigtailed off of two black wires (each) coming into the box. The whole thing is pretty intelligable - there is white paint splattered on all of the black wires, so they obviously weren't trying to label some as neutral.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:51 PM   #17
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On further digging around, I found a weird little piece of plastic (???) and behind that, there are:

three 14-2 wires - so 3 blacks, three whites, three grounds. I know that there are two floodlights that this box controls and that's it. I assume the third 14-2 is the one that brings the power in. Now with THIS setup, any ideas on how to hook it up so that one side of the double switch controls the fan and the other side controls the floods?

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Old 06-09-2011, 07:27 PM   #18
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On further digging around, I found a weird little piece of plastic (???) and behind that, there are:

three 14-2 wires - so 3 blacks, three whites, three grounds. I know that there are two floodlights that this box controls and that's it. I assume the third 14-2 is the one that brings the power in. Now with THIS setup, any ideas on how to hook it up so that one side of the double switch controls the fan and the other side controls the floods?

Thanks!
All the whites will be connected together. Natural enough! Next you need to find out which black has the power on it.
Once the black that has the power on is identified, connect it with two short pieces of black wire with a wirenut. Then connect the two wires to the two switch terminals.
Next, wire that black for the flood lights to the output terminal of one of the switches.
Finally, wire the black for the fan onto the remaining switch terminal.
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To AllanJ
I came across your post before i installed my bathroom fan. The wiring worked perfectly! Thank you so much for being on the internet!!
(i also dont know how to send a private message)

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