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Old 10-23-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Well... I finally finished everything and it was all fine. There were a few things that I needed to clean up (like extending out some boxes and putting on face plates) but I'm pretty much ready for my final inspection on Thursday.

I've run into one small snag... In my bathroom, I was trying to figure out why my shower light wasn't going on when finally it hit me... I ran a wire from the switch to the shower light but didn't think of running a supply to either the switch or shower. DUH!!!

Anyway... My bathroom fan (represented as a light in my diagram) is being fed from an outlet into the switch into the fan/light. I would like to take the feed from that fan and feed the show switch so I don't have to rip any walls apart running any wires. Is this acceptable code? I think it will be okay, but here is what I want to do:
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:52 PM   #2
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FYI... Black/red wire is really just black. I made the diagram this way so that it can easily be seen that it is a separate wire.

Oh... and the white isn't getting connected to that switch at all.

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Old 10-23-2010, 10:07 PM   #3
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does this ckt only appear in this bath?the outlet and light?if outlet/light ckt appears in another room,lights can't be wired off of the outlet ckt.per code 210.23(a) 210.11(c)(3).and don't forget gfci.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:20 PM   #4
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Yes... The full circuit is protected by GFCI and it is dedicated for the bathroom ONLY. It actually looks like:

Supply -> GFCI -> Wall light -> Ceiling light -> Outlet -> Switch -> Fan

The wall light and ceiling light each have a line for their OWN switch.

Basically all I want to do is tap into the power that is feeding the switch for the fan and use it to power the switch for the shower. Then I won't have to run any new wires.

BTW... I'm in Ontario, so it is Ontario code that I'm concerned with.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:00 PM   #5
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I guess we need to ask where you are from.it is hard to give advice to someone that don't use the nec,usa.I will be sure to ask from now on...have a friend that lives in Welland ontario,canada.He teaches at I belive NIAGRA COLLAGE.have a good one...mike..
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:02 PM   #6
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Thanks anyway.

Any input from the Canadians?
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:54 AM   #7
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If there are any canadians that can give some input here I would really appreciate it.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:30 AM   #8
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Great way to burn up the wires with inductive heating. Very creative too.

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Old 10-25-2010, 07:47 AM   #9
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I'm sorry but I don't know what you mean by that.

Would what I'm suggesting not work?
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:20 AM   #10
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Are both switches in the same box?

You can split the feed to your first switch and supply power to your second switch also. You have to make sure you follow box fill rules....I am not familiar with the Canadian rules on that though.


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Great way to burn up the wires with inductive heating. Very creative too.
How about you explain yourself and offer a suggestion instead of being condescending and sarcastic?
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Thanks for the backup.... To clarify a bit more. The switches are located in a Quad-Box (four switches). They are right next to each other.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:34 AM   #12
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Do you have unswitched hot power and a neutral in that box?
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If I am understanding you correctly, the power supply goes from the breaker, into the GFCI, into the wall light (a wire goes from there to the switch for the wall light) the power continues on (bypassing the switch) into the ceiling light where a wire again goes to the switch for the ceiling light and the power continues on to the outlet from there it goes to the switch for the fan (here is where I want to split it) then it goes to the fan and stops. Where I would split it there is power 100% of the time regardless of what other switches are doing.
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Then you should be fine.
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Thanks... I notice you are from Albany, NY. Are you familiar with Ontario code?

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