Light switches to what?


Old 03-20-06, 08:47 PM
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Light switches to what?

I just bought this home & there are (light?) switches that I have no clue what they operate. How do I find out? Thanks!
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Old 03-20-06, 09:02 PM
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You could have switched outlets. Plug a lamp into each outlet in the area of the switch and test. If you still have mystery switches pull the cover plate and check if they are connected to wires in the box. Last resort you could try to physically trace through the attic. If your worried about where they run you could disconnect the wires from the switch and cap with wire nuts. Not sure though if it would be code to do that.

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Probably a half-switched receptacle in that room. Do you have a receptacle that's upside-down? Sometimes that's how they identify it. With the switch "off" take a lamp and plug it into both outlets of every receptacle in the room. You'll probably find one that comes on with the switch.
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They may do NOTHING! I have some in my house(I did not wire it). Some are just filling unused holes. Take the cover plate off , see if there are wires connected. If there is, go from there.
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