Changing wall switch in Bathroom

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Old 11-04-04, 11:47 AM
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Changing wall switch in Bathroom

Need to change light switch from 1-2. Switch now controls fan and light. Want them to be independant Have Leviton Comb 2 single pole switch. In the wall I have 3 wires each has black,white and metal ground Will this work and how? Thanks
 
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Old 11-04-04, 11:52 AM
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Maybe, maybe not. Where do those wires go?

How was the previous switch wired?

What are the wires at the fan and at the light?
 
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Old 11-04-04, 11:59 AM
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As Bob says, maybe. But probably not. Provide the info Bob requested, especially the wiring at the fan and light. What we really need to know is whether there is one wire of each color in the box where these things are (not counting fixture wires), or more than one. Chances are that at least one of those two boxes has two black and two white, in which case the answer is going to be no.

Or are the fan and light mounted to the same box (i.e., part of the same unit)?
 
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Bathroom Switch

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Previous switch had 2 black wires connected together and then connected to sitch the third black was connected to the switch and all whites were connected to each other.
Fan on ceiling Light on wall Fan has plug coming from motor into a socket
 
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It is unlikely that you can do what you want without adding a new wire. However, you need to fully describe the wiring at the light and at the fan OR you need to determine which side of the switch is always hot.


I still cannot tell whether your fan and light are separate units or not. Please answer that question and describe the wiring at each unit or at the single unit.

Alternately, determine if the two black wires tied together on one side of the switch are always hot or if the single black wire on the other side of the switch is always hot.
 
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Old 11-06-04, 08:20 AM
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Post states: "Switch now controls fan and light"
If this is true, then you have both connected on a series circuit. One line is feeding; the light and then branching off to the fan or the other way around. You will have to run a new line set to one of the fixtures.
This total process is very involved.
I would therefore suggest you call in an experienced electrician.
 
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