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Old 03-11-2013, 04:17 PM   #16
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the switches look like three way switches to me. ex ho may have replaced the other side of the 3way with a single pole. tbe 50amp may be you range or hot water or ac maybe elec heat? i would shut it off and make sure all those have power

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My house was built in 2000 and I had the same thing in my master. Left did the fan, right did nothing. My builder pre wired for independent fan and light switches even though the fan had no light.

Take down the fan, I'd be willing to bet there's a unused caped wire under there in the event you install a fan with a light. Mine did anyway.

If there is, flip the switch and use a volt tester to see if the unused wire becomes live and you'll hopefully have your mystery switch solved.

They run 14-3 w/ ground from the fan to have independent switches - hence the red wire.
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My house was built in 2000 and I had the same thing in my master. Left did the fan, right did nothing. My builder pre wired for independent fan and light switches even though the fan had no light.

Take down the fan, I'd be willing to bet there's a unused caped wire under there in the event you install a fan with a light. Mine did anyway.

If there is, flip the switch and use a volt tester to see if the unused wire becomes live and you'll hopefully have your mystery switch solved.

They run 14-3 w/ ground from the fan to have independent switches - hence the red wire.

Awesome advice. I will investigate this.... however I still do have one of these mystery switches in a spot that has no ceiling fan. Only lights. But your house was built in 2000 and mine in 2001 - so maybe there's something to this... Thank you !
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the switches look like three way switches to me. ex ho may have replaced the other side of the 3way with a single pole. tbe 50amp may be you range or hot water or ac maybe elec heat? i would shut it off and make sure all those have power

The 50A has nothing wired to it, which is why I was wondering why it was even there in the first place...and its the wrong brand of breaker for the panel...
thats whats got me confused... it does nothing - just seems weird and wondered if an electrician here could tell me if thats common or not....
I get the feeling probably not.
Previous owner did a lot of half assed DIY, I've come to find out.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:44 PM   #20
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Awesome advice. I will investigate this.... however I still do have one of these mystery switches in a spot that has no ceiling fan. Only lights. But your house was built in 2000 and mine in 2001 - so maybe there's something to this... Thank you !
Sometimes they install 2 switches in anticipation of a fan/light kit and just put in a light. There are many possibilities
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:39 AM   #21
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Have you checked to see if the mystery switch controls a receptacle. Apologies if I read this too fast.
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however I still do have one of these mystery switches in a spot that has no ceiling fan. Only lights.
Do you think possibly the light could be replaced by a fan/light combo thats why there are two switches. It is cheaper for the builder to install a light fixture only and then let the owner replace the light fixture with the fan/light combo.

Every bedroom in my home has two switches as you enter the room. Only the master had the fan/light combo when we bought. The other 3 bedrooms only had light fixtures but the other switch is definitely used for the possibility of a fan/light combo.
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Sorry,

I can't seem to get the photos the right orientation....
Turn head to the left Or turn computer monitor to set on its right side!
Not too difficult. Although I do know how a switch works.
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Not too difficult. Although I do know how a switch works.

I concede that I probably deserve that.
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I concede that I probably deserve that.
I think that may have been directed at others....

Or I could be wrong
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Not too difficult. Although I do know how a switch works.
Hammerlane, you are worth more money

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