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Old 11-19-2008, 12:43 AM   #1
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Wiring a bathroom

I need some help please!! I have an OLD house and had to gut the bathroom and replace everything. I'm trying to figure out how to do the wiring. I have two vanity lights, two GFCI recepticles and one vent fan. I don't know if I can tie the two recepticles together? I have a single pole switch for the fan and a double pole switch for the lights. I just want the recepticles to stay hot all the time.

Right now, I did tie the two recepticles together and only the first one has power to it - if I use the tester the power is there, but not thru the sockets. I tied the two vanity lights together and used a jumper on the load line of the double pole switch. Up at the junction box where I tied everything together, I have all the black wires connected together and all the white wires connected together. The lights are still hot all the time and can't get the recepticles to work. What in the world am I doing wrong? I looked at someone elses diagram, and on all three switches, none of them have the white wires connected - is that correct? On the fan, they are running 12/3G. Do I have to do that too?


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Old 11-19-2008, 01:52 AM   #2
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How many circuits in the bathroom?
Any 3 way switches?

Yes, no neutrals on the light switches.


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Old 11-19-2008, 04:07 AM   #3
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Hi Timster! Thanks for answering! OK... I have very little electrical knowledge. Circuits? I have no clue. I did have an electrician put in a breaker box because I needed a 220 for the water heater. The house was my Dads and he pretty much okie-rigged everything. When I shut the power off to the bathroom, the outlets in the front bedroom went out too. Not sure if it should be that way. Guess you can tell I really don't know too much about wiring. I have some books... if that counts!
There is one main power wire coming in, and I just hooked everything up to that. At the box where it's all tied together, there is a 12/2G for the lights, one for the outlets, one for the fan switch and one for the 2 pole light switch. Does that mean anything as far as circuits?
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:02 AM   #4
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Vetcha, if you really know very little about electrical wiring, I would suggest that you bring in an electrician to do the work. Electricity is not something that you can screw up and just correct it, it can be dangerous or deadly.

I am not an electrician, but have a good amount of knowledge. there are still many things that I will not attempt myself.

Do yourself a favor and hire an electrician. Please.
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