need to extend wires to another location


Old 09-11-18, 09:30 PM
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need to extend wires to another location

I need help in fixing a problem I have. It doesn't help that I had a guy come in who said he knew what he was doing and then messed it up by cutting wires and removing a switch.

What I have existing is:
- two switches. One for the light. One for the fan. (Same fixture)
- in the wall I see four (4) romex cables. One at the bottom is a 14/2 cable. Two at the two are 14/2 cable. Middle at the top is 14/3 cable

What I am trying to achieve is to make this a junction box, splice whatever I need to with two new romex 14/2 cables so I can move the switches to another location. I was initially considering extending everything, all 4 cables to the new location and simply re-wire everything exactly how it was, but seems to be the tougher way to solve this.

My biggest issue here is that there are 4 cables. Three 14/2 and one 14/3.
One is power, one is light, one is fan. what else could the other one be? Not seeing the original wiring is making it tough for me to figure this out.

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Old 09-12-18, 12:11 AM
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Regardless of what you do......, you cannot bury that junction box. It will need to remain there with a blank cover.

Based on what I see......
1) 14-2 is power in
2) 14-2's are power out to other devices
1) 14-3 to fan

You will need to run 1)14-2 and 1)14-3 to new switch box. This will allow for neutral at the new switch location
ALL white wires are connected together.
ALL grounds are connected together.
ALL the black wires from the two wire cables are connected together.
Red to red - black to black on the three wire cable.

At the switch....
Red from 14-3 to one switch
Black from 14-3 to other switch
Black from 14-2 to both switches for hot
White to white.
Old 09-12-18, 06:41 AM
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thank you very much for the reply
I read online that the red wire is for the fan

but why is there a second black wire on that switch? That switch specifically controls the light. Also, why is the red wire connected to the light switch? Just to confirm, the fixture worked perfectly prior to altering the wires

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Old 09-12-18, 01:27 PM
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not sure how I missed it. you answered my question completely. I'll test this out maybe tomorrow.

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