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Old 01-18-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

So I had someone come in to wire my electrical in the basement but I have to finish up by putting in all the switches and receptacles. I've done most of it already but got stumped when it came to the bathroom. See picture. This is a box for three switches. One switch is for the vanity light, one for the shower lights and one for the fan.

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- Are all these on the same circuit since all the white wires are on one single wire nut?
- What is and what do I do with the left most switch that has two hot wires coming out with one of them having three pigtails?? I'm really confused with the three pigtails.


Any help would be great. Thanks!!
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:13 PM   #2
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Pictures to dark to see it in any detail.
What country are you in.

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Old 01-18-2012, 11:18 PM   #3
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I would say :

the white wires are neutral and should all be tied together. The hot leads are the ones that are switched.

Your 3 pigtails are the incoming hot leads, and the 3 wires dangling by themselves are the outgoing hot lead to your fixtures.

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Old 01-19-2012, 07:49 AM   #4
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What you have there is one hot cable coming in on the left. Connect one of the black pigtails to each of the switches. The remaining black wires are the power feeds to your three devices. Connect one of them to the other screw on each switch. The whites are the neutrals and should remain all connected together.

The hole in the drywall looks a lot bigger than it should be. Look like you have a 1/2 -3/4 inch of space above and below the box that will need to be filled.
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The hole in the drywall looks a lot bigger than it should be. Look like you have a 1/2 -3/4 inch of space above and below the box that will need to be filled.
He explained the hook up just the way I would have, more concerning to me is the hassle you have on your hands fixing that hole around the box...I hope they aren't all like that.

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Thanks.. now I know how to finish it.

I didn't even notice the hole around the box. Luckily there's only one like this.

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