split bathroom fan and light switch from double switch configuration?

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Old 10-23-16, 12:27 PM
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split bathroom fan and light switch from double switch configuration?

In my bathroom I have two switches - one controls a ceiling light, and the other controls a vanity light and exhaust fan at the same time. I want to split the latter switch into 2, so that I can control the vanity light and exhaust fan separately. How can I do this? I don't have much electrical experience, but feel free to use jargon (yes I know to cut off the power before working ).

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Old 10-23-16, 12:37 PM
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If the switch you pulled out operates both devices you can't. You have a simple switch loop. You would need to run a new 3-conductor cable (black, red. white).
 
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Hmm, not sure about meeting code as I'm in an apartment building... Thanks for the reply
 
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I'm in an apartment building
If you are not the owner you can't touch the wiring for reasons of liability.
 
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I had both my bathroom light and the fan on one single switch which i found annoying. I removed cover to fan in ceiling panels and found it had its own cable going to the switch where light went. I simply had to add gangbox seperate the wiring install another switch and now have seperate controls for each one. I just happened to get lucky i suppose but if you dont own the residence you would definitely need permission before doing it.
 
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Old 10-24-16, 04:07 AM
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but if you dont own the residence you would definitely need permission before doing it.
Permission wouldn't be enough if there was a fire. The insurance company could refuse to pay the building owner claiming the work without license or permit was the cause even if it wasn't. That would lead to civil suits. If there was injuries caused by the fire there could be criminal charges. In either case even if he eventually won the lawyer fees could bankrupt him.
 
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Yeah I definitely don't want to get into issues with fires, lawsuits, and things like that. I might just have to suffer with the current setup unless I can talk to the manager about getting it split professionally. Thanks for the input!
 
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