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jimllshiftit 03-16-2008 03:41 PM

on in on position and in off position!!!
 
Hi,

Ive just moved into an newly refurbed house but in one of the bathrooms the light is always on with switch in either on or off position.

Is there anything I can check before calling out a electrician?

Thanks.

Jim

USP45 03-16-2008 03:43 PM

Change the switch. May be broke. Make sure to turn the breaker off first

220/221 03-16-2008 03:54 PM

Replacing a switch is one of the few thins I would say a homeowner could do safely.

Turn off the power, remove four screws, remove/replace. I did it when I was 14 years old.

hammer 03-16-2008 11:00 PM

If the light is always on, how do you know that you are operating the correct switch for that light? Check the other switches in the house (even if they don't seem to be remotely close). If you just purchased the house after being remodeled by someone else, they may not have known what they were doing, playing electrician. If you can't find a switch that works, call someone that knows what they are looking for and have that circuit traced out correctly.

Cow 03-16-2008 11:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 220/221 (Post 108277)
Replacing a switch is one of the few thins I would say a homeowner could do safely.

Turn off the power, remove four screws, remove/replace. I did it when I was 14 years old.

I don't know about that. I've been on a call to troubleshoot a bathroom light switch before. Turns out the homeowner had replaced the 3-way switch with a SP because it had the same number of screws!!("No sir, the black does not go to the ground screw."):eek: Funny part was, it was the bosses father-in-law!

jimllshiftit 03-17-2008 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hammer (Post 108365)
If the light is always on, how do you know that you are operating the correct switch for that light? Check the other switches in the house (even if they don't seem to be remotely close). If you just purchased the house after being remodeled by someone else, they may not have known what they were doing, playing electrician. If you can't find a switch that works, call someone that knows what they are looking for and have that circuit traced out correctly.

Ive definately got the right switch because the light turns off when the switch is half way between the on and off position. This is a house in spain im in. Im not sure if UK switches do that.

Have tried a known working switch and still the same problem. What next?

joed 03-17-2008 03:57 PM

If you remove the switch and just have the two wires hanging does the light come on? If not then something about the switch is not right. All the switch does is connect the two wires together and disconnect them apart.

New thought.
Maybe you have some sort of low voltage control system and you need a momentary contact switch.

220/221 03-17-2008 07:57 PM

The problem is in the wiring make up.

Someone need to take thins apart and see what is wrong. Kinda tough over the net without detailed info on the number of wires, voltage etc.


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