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Old 04-25-2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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The switch pictured on the left powers bath fan and works perfectly. I just installed a vanity light yesterday to run off the switch on the right. The light comes on great but it doesn't shut off. Any help with this issue would be much appreciated.
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From the picture, it looks like you have two hot pigtails going to the switch on the right. That would indicate you have the switch leg tied in with the hots.

Even if I'm wrong and you only have one hot pigtail to the switch, I would still assume that you have the switch for the vanity light tied in with the hots.

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I think you are right now that I look at it closer. I just pulled it out this morning before work and didn't notice that. So if I remove one of those pigtails, what other wire should go in there. Maybe you can't tell from the picture. Thanks.
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No way to tell you from the picture. You would have to figure out which cable goes to the vanity light, take that black out of the splice and connect it to the switch.
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take the bundle of wires with the white wire nut and bend it down to take another photo
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diagram does not show grounds for ease of drawing
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awesome diagram, thank you very much
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Think I got it, thanks everyone. Awesome forum.
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diagram does not show grounds for ease of drawing
Nice job, but your wire nuts need to be tan or red, yellows are too small for 3 #14s.
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Also the clamps in the back of the box are for one cable only.
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Also the clamps in the back of the box are for one cable only.
Good catch.
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The grounds to the switches are wrapped the wrong direction.
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The grounds to the switches are wrapped the wrong direction.
Tough crowd today.

Now is the gap at the top left corner of the box more than 1/8"?
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Do we have at least 6" of free conductor on the cables that have been added?

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