new house electrical issues?

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Old 08-03-13, 08:25 PM
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new house electrical issues?

so i just bought my first home and it needs a little bit of work. the person who lived there before was a DIYer and did decent enough jobs but some were left unfinished.

issue 1: as i walk in to the front door there is a three panel switch. one turns on the flood lights, one i assume is for the porch light which i assume is blown and the third is i presume for the living room(the door leads into the living room). except it does nothing. the back door to the house is also in the living room and the switch there is the only way to turn on the ceiling light. i tried to each and every socket in the room to see if one of the front door switches control that. nothing. it's getting power. i checked that. gave myself a small electric rush too actually

issue 2: the previous owner built himself a partition in the garage. im tearing it down to turn it back into a garage. there are a two wires in the walls he put up. one i believe goes to the light switch and the other to the sockets. i've tried to go to the attic to follow where the wires go but failed. is it smart to pull them up the attick and just cap them off or what should i do? im assuming you all will say try harder tracing the wire. ha.

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Old 08-03-13, 10:23 PM
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as i walk in to the front door there is a three panel switch.
A 3-gang box with three switches in it, right?

the third is i presume for the living room(the door leads into the living room). except it does nothing. the back door to the house is also in the living room and the switch there is the only way to turn on the ceiling light. i tried to each and every socket in the room to see if one of the front door switches control that. nothing. it's getting power. i checked that. gave myself a small electric rush too actually
Did you check each receptacle, keeping in mind that the two halves of a duplex receptacle are actually two separate devices and can be powered separately?

If you've already done that, turn the power off at the panel, pull the switches out of the box with all the wires still connected, and tell us about each cable and wire in that box. If you want to post some pictures of that wiring, see How To Include Pictures.
 
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