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Old 02-15-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Three separate light switches in master bath are inoperable


Working on a house and found that inset shower ceiling light, exterior ceiling bathroom light and set of two vanity lights over one sink all do not work. Other set of vanity lights over second sink work but believe they are on separate circuit. Each light has its own switch, except the vanity lights have double switch that turns it on and off in order for it to work. Checked switches with continuity tester and they appear to have continuity. Changed out GFI in hallway bathroom (not knowing if it's connected somehow, as it appeared to be bad), but had no affect on master bath lights. GFIs both reset properly in master bath so that isn't the problem. Owners have asked me to diagnose and possibly repair, but I am at a loss as to what to test or do next. No breakers were tripped and turning the particular breaker on and off has no affect either. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Buck

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...found that inset shower ceiling light, exterior ceiling bathroom light and set of two vanity lights over one sink all do not work.

Other set of vanity lights over second sink work but believe they are on separate circuit.

Each light has its own switch, except the vanity lights have double switch that turns it on and off in order for it to work.

Owners have asked me to diagnose and possibly repair, but I am at a loss as to what to test or do next.
#1) Figure out how they were wired to begin with.

The two choices are hot/feed at the fixtures with switch legs down to the switches OR hot/feed at the switches with power then run up to the lights.
It might be some of each as well depending on how much of a jack leg they had doing the remodeling.

#2) Trace that down.

It's probably something dumb like a loose wirenut in one of the overstuffed boxes... but have a pattern to work off of as you go about looking for it.

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Checked switches with continuity tester and they appear to have continuity.
Do the switches in question have power to them? Are the switches all in the same box?
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:56 AM   #4
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If you are not an electrician, you may be working illegally.

It also seems you do not have enough skill to attempt this repair.
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