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Old 04-06-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I have a panel of 3 light switches of which the middle one controls my outside front porch light. The ones on the left and right don't seem to control anything. I've connected lamps to all of the electrical sockets in the living room to see if they controlled an outlet and it doesn't seem to. So does anyone have any idea how I can figure out what these rogue light switches control?

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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LOL, I have the same setup! Two switches, I pull them out of the box, they're all wired up, but they do absolutely nothing (best as I can tell).
Like you found, there is only so much testing you can do....I just leave them alone now.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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Ugh! It's just not me to leave that alone ya know? I feel like I MUST KNOW . Oh well, anyone else have any suggestions? If not, I guess I will leave it alone.
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Can you please quit turning off and on my lights, and also allow me to raise and lower my garage door. Only way to find out what they do, is by using a Fox & Hound set after making sure that the power is turned off to them.
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I have no idea what a fox and hound set are, unless you were being silly.
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I have no idea what a fox and hound set are, unless you were being silly.
Do a search on it. It is a nickname for a Tone Trace set, also a trademark name for the same item. As for being silly, yes you have to have a sense of humor when dealing with mystery switches and the such.
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Interesting. Thanks for the tip. I'll look into that.
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Do you have burnt out flood lights?
I had customers with several outside receptacles controled by switches for christmas lights.
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I also have a set of three switches in my living room near the front door. Top one controls the overhead light in the little foyer area inside the front door. Bottom one controls the outside porch light. The middle one had me stumped for a while before I finally figured out it was for the top outlet of a duplex receptacle.

At the time, I had no idea that it was possible to wire two outlets on one receptacle differently - one always hot, one switched. So if you haven't already, make sure you check both outlets on all the receptacles. I think that's what afci is suggesting.
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Ok. Tomorrow I am checking ALL outlets in the living room Across the board again. I'll report results. Thanks for the suggestions all

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