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Old 08-31-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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So I am trying like crazy not to tear down all of my drywall all the way to my breaker box, so this is what i have discovered. From my breaker box it would appear that I have to seperate cables running to my bathroom. One goes right to my electrical outlet, and the other just runs into the bathroom ceiling space. (please keep in mind this is after I un attentively tore out the old light without paying attention to how it was wired). Then, I have a light switch in the bathroom, wich has a single cable feeding up into the ceiling space. Now obviously the cable from the light switch that feeds to the ceiling has no power what so ever its strictly light switch with a cable going to ceiling. How did they get the power to feed through the light switch? I am entirely lost here. So if this is a common practice please let me in on the secret. Thanks

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Sounds like the power went to the fixture first and the switch was wired in a switch loop. The power is taken to the switch on the white conductor and returns a switch controlled hot on the black conductor. The neutral does not leave the fixture box.

The re-purposed white wire should be marked at each end with black or red tape or magic marker.

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Old 08-31-2010, 09:27 PM   #3
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So I am trying like crazy not to tear down all of my drywall all the way to my breaker box, so this is what i have discovered. From my breaker box it would appear that I have to seperate cables running to my bathroom. One goes right to my electrical outlet, and the other just runs into the bathroom ceiling space. (please keep in mind this is after I un attentively tore out the old light without paying attention to how it was wired). Then, I have a light switch in the bathroom, wich has a single cable feeding up into the ceiling space. Now obviously the cable from the light switch that feeds to the ceiling has no power what so ever its strictly light switch with a cable going to ceiling. How did they get the power to feed through the light switch? I am entirely lost here. So if this is a common practice please let me in on the secret. Thanks
I think as punishment you should have to rip out all the sheetrock.
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