Bath Fan and light on 1 switch/want 2


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Old 12-17-04, 10:32 AM
Christine G
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Question Bath Fan and light on 1 switch/want 2

My half bath has a small ceiling fan and light bar on one toggle switch. Can I wire them seperately into a single gang with 2 toggles? Thanks folks!
 

Last edited by Christine G; 12-17-04 at 10:33 AM. Reason: typeO
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Old 12-17-04, 12:39 PM
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Yes, but probably only if you can replace the wiring between the switch box and one of the fixture boxes. This is pretty easy if your house was wired with conduit, or if there is an accessible attic above the room. Otherwise it might take a bit of drywall damage and repair, but luckily drywall repair is cheap and easy.
 
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Old 12-18-04, 09:23 PM
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A little more please

Originally Posted by John Nelson
Yes, but probably only if you can replace the wiring between the switch box and one of the fixture boxes. This is pretty easy if your house was wired with conduit, or if there is an accessible attic above the room. Otherwise it might take a bit of drywall damage and repair, but luckily drywall repair is cheap and easy.
I am willing to do the drywall repair, so can you give me a little more detail on the procss, how to choose the right switch, and how to wire the switch? Thank you!
 

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Old 12-18-04, 11:20 PM
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Christine I believe John will want you to replace the wiring from the switch box to one of the fixtures with a 14/3 or 12/3 cable depending on your existing wiring. The wiring method will depend on if power comes into the switch box or into one of the bathroom ceiling fixtures first. You may have a switch loop with no neutral in the box or a neutral in the switch box... depends but isnt a problem just a small change in the way you approach the situation. Can you post back with how power comes into the circuit for the bathroom......at the switch or a fixture? If the Switch box only has a white and black and maybe a bare ground from one cable then power comes into one of the light fixtures first. If you can give us this info it will shorten the learning curve some. Then John or someone can tell you how to wire the light and fan. If you have to do the sheetrock repair route then you could replace your existing single gang box with a double gang and have two side by side toggles or you can opt for a single gang tandem switch. Some thing like the ones below.
http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/...s/336887_3.jpg (two of these)
http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/...s/329276_3.jpg
http://doityourself.com/ori/200x200/6346589.jpg
 
 

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