06:46PM | 05/14/07
Member Since: 05/13/07
1 lifetime posts
Hello, have an older home here. Went to remodeling the bathroom and needed to install new light fixture. Marked up my proposed hole to drill, checked for studs and such, and went at it. Cheap stud finder I guess because I tapped an electrical wire, what I believe to be my lighting. Needless to say, my light switch does not work, but my bath fan switch does. Electrical outlet on same outlet switch does not work either. Kinda strange, but what have I got myself into? How much will it cost to have fixed, or can I do something myself? Thanks for all help that comes this way!


09:19PM | 05/14/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
It is really impossible to tell how hard it is to fix the problem without seeing it.

Since you are remodeling it is probably practical to open up the walls. But even when it is not a electrican often has ways to fish a replacement cable in.


07:01AM | 05/16/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
The cable will need to be replaced. You can't make a splice in the middle of a cable unless you put it in a box. Also you must have six inches of wire. You won' have that from both directions on a cut cable.

You need to find where both ends of the cable are and run a new cable. The old cable can remain after it is disconnected at both ends. The new cable can run any route that makes fishing it in easy.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon