bathroom switch wiring

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Old 11-16-02, 08:31 PM
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Unhappy bathroom switch wiring

I am trying to change a light switch in the bathroom. The box used to have two switches in it and I changed it to one of those that has three rocker switches on it a long time ago . Now I want to change it back since those rockers break frequently and I can't remember how the two old switches were wired. There are two wires that are pigtailed together so the power goes to the switch and out to another room. There are two other cables from the box to the light over the sink and one to the fan. All the 'whites' are wired together. How do I wire the switches? On one switch I put the power on one screw and a 'black' to the light on the other screw and there is only one more 'black' for the other switch but there is no power. Don't I need another wire with power in it to put on the other screw in the fan switch? I know this is so easy I'm going to laugh when I get an answer. I am so confused.
 
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Okay, we need to settle on how this is supposed to work before we decide how to wire it. I don't quite understand how you changed two switches to three, so I can't quite understand how you can change three switches back to two.

One switch controls the light. One switch controls the fan. What did the third switch do when you have the three rocker switches?

If I read right, you have four cables in this box, each cable with a black and white. Don't read on unless this is true.

You need to supply power to both switches, and to the downstream feed. Put two pigtails on the power cable's hot wire if needed, leaving it connected to the downstream feed too. Then you can attach the black to the light to the other screw on the first switch, and the black to the fan on the other screw on the second switch.

Leave all white wires connected, and all grounding wires connected (with pigtails to ground the two switches).
 
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Old 11-17-02, 07:41 PM
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Hey, I told you this was so easy I was going to laugh. I forgot to tell you about the three rocker switches. The cable that is on the fan has a red wire for the night light to a separate switch. That rocker broke so I put the fan and the night light on the same wire for power. After the second rocker broke I decided to put the old switches back. That thing with the three rockers on it had a hole for the power and a hole for each light and the fan. I just couldn't remember that there were 'two' pig tails on the power line before I changed it. I'm going to have to put diagrams in a notebook when I do things like that so I can remember what it looked like before.Thank you for jogging my memory.
 
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