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drumbum811 04-23-2013 09:06 AM

What the heck is this device wired to my wall?!?!
 
Greetings all,

Wife and I just purchased our first home, and we found this bad boy in our master BR...

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m...422_153110.jpg

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m...422_153126.jpg

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It looks like a series of switches, and the middle one says "ALL" on it.

Is this anything we need to leave intact, or can I disconnect it from the wall (after turning breaker off)?

Thanks!

TheBobmanNH 04-23-2013 09:12 AM

If it wasn't so old, I'd say some sort of multi-room multimedia controller.

There's no speaker nearby or I'd say an intercom.

rrolleston 04-23-2013 09:27 AM

Almost looks like an old low voltage control. I would expect to find a bank of relays somewhere that used to turn lights on and off. Probably in the attic or basement.

drumbum811 04-23-2013 09:32 AM

You just answered a key piece of the puzzle. After some internet searching, I found this:

Remcon Nine Switch Plate

So now that I know what it is, is there harm in removing it, or should I bring in an electrician to take a look?

OCPik4chu 04-23-2013 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by drumbum811 (Post 1165540)
You just answered a key piece of the puzzle. After some internet searching, I found this:

Remcon Nine Switch Plate

So now that I know what it is, is there harm in removing it, or should I bring in an electrician to take a look?

Do all the lights and outlets work in the house without using this? then you can probably remove it, if not then this thing probably is still in use so removing it would require rewiring a lot of switch locations.

drumbum811 04-23-2013 10:09 AM

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Originally Posted by OCPik4chu (Post 1165550)
Do all the lights and outlets work in the house without using this? then you can probably remove it, if not then this thing probably is still in use so removing it would require rewiring a lot of switch locations.

We haven't systematically gone through each one, but each light has worked before and after mashing each toggle switch in a variety of combinations. I have yet to see if it controlls anything outside the home (landscape lighting).

OCPik4chu 04-23-2013 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by drumbum811 (Post 1165558)
We haven't systematically gone through each one, but each light has worked before and after mashing each toggle switch in a variety of combinations. I have yet to see if it controlls anything outside the home (landscape lighting).

Well thats good then, I'd still suggest looking around in the attic or basement if you have one to try and find the relay box that switch set would connect to. Bring a volt meter and you would be able to see if its still live. Easy check and if its not live or not connected you can just pull the whole thing out.

drumbum811 04-24-2013 10:40 AM

Thanks, but now...
 
It is a switch box wired to light fixtures throughout the house. Would you all recommend bringing in an electrician to remove it, or could I cap the wires and stuff them back in the wall?

electures 04-24-2013 12:35 PM

Low voltage lighting control. Found in older high end homes. There will be a relay in each/most/some of the lighting outlet boxes.

The relay looks like this;

http://www.galesburgelectric.com/fil...ge/d_11805.jpg

It is a latching relay. Which means it has to be powered on and powered off.

SOme masters look like this;

http://retrorenovation.com/wp-conten...ng-control.JPG

Turn the dial to the number you want on and push it in. When you want to turn it off, turn the off dial to the number you want off and push itin. If you set the on dial to "1" and push it in theh turn the dial to "12", all the lights will turn on. SAme thing works for the off dial.

And finally, this is what the motorized master switch looks like. One for "on" and one for "off".

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...WtxPmqtY7yt0ug

If the system is functional, leave it alone. To eliminate the low voltage system requires most of the lighting systen be rewired to add line voltage switches and switch legs. THe neat thing about these systems is the ability to control lighting all over the house from one location. The master consoles are usually found at the front door and the master bedroom.


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