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SGS1965 12-03-2011 10:14 AM

Removing Fan From Single Switch in Bathroom
 
I have a single switch when tripped turns on the lights and a fan. I want to change this so I have two switches: one to turn on the lights and the other to turn on the fan. How do I do this?

gregzoll 12-03-2011 10:22 AM

You would have to run 14/3 from the switch box to the ceiling light and fan. Only works that way, if power first comes into the switch box.

rjniles 12-03-2011 10:33 AM

IS this a fan light combo unit? or separate light and fan unit?

What wires are in the switch box now?

SGS1965 12-03-2011 11:14 AM

It is a separate light and fan unit. There are currently three wires attached to a single up and down walls switch.

gregzoll 12-03-2011 11:29 AM

Are they Red & Black on one screw, and Black on the other of the switch, or two blacks and a bare copper? Post a picture.

SGS1965 12-03-2011 08:54 PM

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Here's a picture.

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Thanks for your help.

gregzoll 12-03-2011 09:10 PM

Can you post a picture looking into that box, and also please put up a wiring diagram showing how the wiring runs. Unless you have power going into that box (ie 14/2), and load going out (14/2), that means that up at the fan/light unit, they have the black & blue tied to the black coming from the switch. The hard part would be pulling 14/3 from the switch box to the ceiling fan, if the wires are stapled in the wall.

Can you access the light/fan unit from up above, or is that another floor above that bath?

ben's plumbing 12-03-2011 09:19 PM

it looks to me that bottom wire is hot leg to switch...top wires one to fan one to light...separate these two top and touch them one at a time to power source if they are separate change to double switch ...job done....

SGS1965 12-03-2011 09:25 PM

What's a double switch? What does that look like? I had originally bought two single pole switches. Can I use these or is a double switch something different? If I can use these I am not sure how I get power to the other switch.

ben's plumbing 12-03-2011 09:29 PM

you should already have power on the bottom screw....i think...a double switch looks like a double plug only switches sorry haven't learned to post pictures..

ben's plumbing 12-03-2011 09:31 PM

double switch allowes you to control 2-fixtures out of a single box...

jbfan 12-03-2011 09:36 PM

The bottom wire is the switch leg.
The two top wires are the power in and power out.
You do not have a way to do what you want without getting another wire from the switch to the fan.

ben's plumbing 12-03-2011 09:42 PM

get picture of inside box with the rest of the wires...

SGS1965 12-03-2011 09:44 PM

Thanks for your help. I'll go exchange my two singe switches for one double switch. I'm assuming that the reason I need a double switch is because I only have one hot lead and that is all a double switch will require, correct?

Thanks again.

jbfan 12-03-2011 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by SGS1965 (Post 785342)
Thanks for your help. I'll go exchange my two singe switches for one double switch. I'm assuming that the reason I need a double switch is because I only have one hot lead and that is all a double switch will require, correct?

Thanks again.

That will not do anything for you.
You can't do what you want without another wire.


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