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spireview

10:07AM | 10/19/01
Member Since: 04/08/99
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I'm converting an empty room in my house to a bathroom. Currently there is a light switch that controls the overhead light. I'd like to replace the single switch with one that has two switches--one switch controls the light, the other switch controls a new exhaust fan. I can almost visualize exactly what I have to do, but I was hoping someone can describe the steps I need to perform. Thanks.

Matches

03:02PM | 10/19/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi spireview,
The existing light switch has two black wires,one of which is always "hot".With power off,remove this wire and replace with a three inch jumper wire.Connect the jumper,existing "hot" and the black wire to the fan switch under a wire nut.The white wire to the fan switch will be added to the existing bundle of white wires in the light switch box(you may need a larger wire nut).At the fan switch,attach the black wire from the light switch jumper to the hot side of the switch.The black wire to the fan will attach to the other screw on the switch.Wire nut your white fan wire to the white wire originating from the light switch box.

[This message has been edited by Matches (edited October 19, 2001).]

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