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dotcoms

05:59PM | 01/20/07
Member Since: 01/19/07
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My bathroom has a single gang box with a single swith (with 2 switches on it - one on the top and on the bottom. one switch controls the fan the other the bathroom light. I added a double gang box and want to add a seperate switch. One for the fan and the other a dimmer for the light. The existing switch had 1 black wire on one side and 2 black wires on the other (one for the fan and one for the light. There are 3 sets of 3 wire coming into the box. All 3 white wires are twisted together. All 3 bare grounds are twisted together. The black wires are as I mentioned. I have no problem getting one switch to work (black wire to each side). That leaves me with a single black wire to the other appliance (fan or light which ever I decide. How do I get a hot for my other switch???? Any help would be appreciated. Electricity is not my thing! The picture attached shows the double swith I removed and one of the new ones wired. Thank You. Dotcoms
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Billhart

08:45PM | 01/20/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The lead from the supply hot is connected to two pigtails, each about 3" long. Use a wire nut to join them.

Then the other end of one pigtail connects to one switch and the other one to the other switch.

" The existing switch had 1 black wire on one side and 2 black wires on the other (one for the fan and one for the light. "

Most likely the wire on the single side is the the supply not.

dotcoms

05:07PM | 01/23/07
Member Since: 01/19/07
2 lifetime posts
As you suggested I split the hot with a pigtail and sent one to each switch. It works and I also know it is safe now. Thank you for taking the time to reply.

Dotcoms


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