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Old 12-20-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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These two light switch pics don't do anything. The one with three switches, I'm concerned with the left switch (the right 2 operate the fan and light). How do I figure out what outlet they might connect to and connect it?

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Old 12-20-2009, 10:12 PM   #2
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I have no idea what you are asking????

Are you wanting to know what the left switch goes to in the top picture?

And you mention fan and light, is this for a bathroom? Other room? Details please!

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Sorry. The picture with three switches is in the bedroom. The far right switch is for the fan light, the middle switch is for the fan, the left switch does nothing. I would like to know if I can connect the left switch to an outlet in the room.

The single switch pic is in my office. It connects to nothing. I would like to connect that to an outlet in my office.

All those wires must go to something. Right?

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There is a *minimum* amount of knowledge needed before attempting to do electrical wiring. I suggest you get a book on electrical wiring from a home improvement store and read it cover to cover. Then decide if you can do such a project or should hire an electrician.

Like a doctor goes to school to learn medicine, pros will spend many years learning about electrical wiring. Reading one book is just the tip of the iceberg, but enough to familiarize you with the subject and the basics.

Then a project like this would require a multimeter and wire tracing tools. You should buy these and learn how to use them. These are sold at home improvement stores.

And many times projects like these require cutting holes in drywall and patching these (the wiring is inside the walls). This is cheap and easy once you learn to do it. Might try to find a book on that as well.

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http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=...c9c32d20fe6232
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If these switches are in the bedroom I will bet you that the switch on the left is for a switched outlet. Shut off the left switch and plug a lamp into the outlets (both upper and lower outlet). If you find an outlet that only half the outlet is not working working, throw on the switch. If the lamp goes on then you found what it controls.
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I'm betting that someone replaced the receptacles and forgot to break the tab.
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Hivolt,

I did that when I first moved in.

Billy,

Thanks. I do have some knowledge. When I moved in, the fan and fan light were operated by one switch. I split them into two switches.

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if you have a switched recep that the tabs not broken iwould think you could pull outlets til you found a box with an extra set of wires

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