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2 loop swithces


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12-05-17, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)  
2 loop swithces

I am trying to install a timer for my bathroom fan and light, but I don't believe I can with the current wiring.

I have 2 switches in one box, one for a fan and one for the light on the fan. Box is fed by a 14-3 cable so I have a black, white and red wire plus the ground, but it seems like both switches are loops. One switch has the red on top and the other has black on top and the white jumps from one bottom terminal to the other.
2 loop switches? Is this correct? If so then I have no neutral so this timer can't be wired in this box?

So here is the big question? I have another switch, not in the same box, but essentially on the other side of the 2x4 that the first box is mounted that does have neutrals. If I can physically get some cable between the 2, can I use that neutral?
Black would be the line,
Red and white are the loads and white from other box is neutral?
Would that work?

 
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12-05-17, 06:34 PM   #2 (permalink)  
Welcome to the forums.

No..... the neutral must be contained in the same cable and be of the same circuit as the hot.

You would need to use a timer that didn't require a neutral.


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12-06-17, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)  
shoot. thanks for the reply.

 
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12-08-17, 04:49 PM   #4 (permalink)  
You could use a mechanical timer that just acts as a switch like this:

FD60MWC by INTERMATIC - Buy or Repair at Radwell - Radwell.com

 
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12-08-17, 04:56 PM   #5 (permalink)  
Mechanical spring wound will work.
There are electronic timers that don't need a neutral.
Here's one... GE-In-Wall-Digital-Countdown-Timer-15318/202788262


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