Getting rid of a light switch

Reply

  #1  
Old 10-08-04, 08:36 AM
Mugsy
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Getting rid of a light switch

Hi all! I just knocked down my closet and there was a light switch on the wall. I cut the wires and got rid of the switch. Now I have 3 wires coming in: 1 black, 1 red, and 1 white, and 2 wires going out to the outlets: 1 black and 1 white. How do I connect these wires back together so that I get power back to the outlets? And I want to bury this mess under the floor. Is that okay?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 10-08-04, 08:43 AM
Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Central New York State
Posts: 13,973
No, you cannot "bury this mess under the floor" or anywhere. The wire connection must remain in a permanently accessible junction box. Just install a junction box with a blank cover.

To remove the switch,m simply take the two wires that were connected to the switch and connect them together with a wire nut. The other wires should remain as they were.

What did this switch control? Keep in mind that the room needs to have a switch that controls either a ceiling light or a wall receptacle. in most cases you cannot simply eliminate a switch without providing a replacement.
 
  #3  
Old 10-08-04, 09:03 AM
Mugsy
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Thanks for getting back to me so fast. I will not bury these wires, then, but I don't think I need a switch. The 2 white wires were together so how do I hook the 2 black and 1 red wires together?
 
  #4  
Old 10-08-04, 09:07 AM
Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Central New York State
Posts: 13,973
How were they conected before? Where do they go? Where do they come from? What did the switch control?
 
  #5  
Old 10-08-04, 09:17 AM
Mugsy
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
They came from the fuse box. They were connected at the switch which I cut out and controled the outlets along the wall. I don't remember how they were connected.
 
  #6  
Old 10-08-04, 09:52 AM
Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Central New York State
Posts: 13,973
What is the wiring at the receptacles? Were all the receptacles controlled by the switch? Was only one receptacle controlled by the switch? Half a receptacle?

I'm not trying to be a pain in the butt, I do believe I know how you should connect the wires. What I am trying to do is to make you figure it out for yourself. And, at the same time, realize the mistake you made. Then, hopefully, you won;t make the same mistake again and you will be able to figure it out on your own.
 
  #7  
Old 10-08-04, 11:20 AM
Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: welland ontario
Posts: 5,599
The switch probably controlled 1/2 of the recetptacles. I would connect the blacks and the red together and the whites together. What ever the switch controlled will now be premanently on.
 
  #8  
Old 10-08-04, 12:56 PM
Mugsy
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Hey, thanks for the advice. I'm in over my head, however, so I'm bringing in the calvary.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'