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JeremyB 02-12-2013 08:25 PM

Bathroom light need relacing
Hi Guys

The wife went to tun on the light in the bathroom fixture and there was nothing. Tried changing bulbs and nothing. Know if the guy I bought the house from was up to his out wiring tricks he probably used electrical tap to connect the hot wire from the fixture to the house wiring, finding lots of that. So I have to go back with marrettes and make the appropriate connections.

Failing that, Would anybody have any idea on why im not gettting any illumination in the bathroom? Maybe im missing something. It was working before.

I just hope the wires have come loose from "ol, electrical tape Kevin " Why didn't this guys use marettes its not like they cost much???? and I hope it will be a quick job for me tomorrow.

But seeing im a few wobbly pops in and tired, its just best to wait until the morning and use the other bathroom for the night.

Any thoughts on what it could be, plus some tips would be great. Real not confident with electricity yet but this seems like a project I could handle.


Wuzzat? 02-12-2013 08:34 PM

Anybody use a hair dryer in the bathroom?

nealtw 02-12-2013 08:49 PM

Could be the breaker or a gfi plug.

Wuzzat? 02-12-2013 08:54 PM

My frau's hair dryer has its own GFCI plug but the wall GFCI trips instead, but only occasionally and only after several minutes.
The plug one has never tripped. And there may be no easy way to test it short of dropping the dryer into a sinkful of water or holding it over a humidifier. Yeah, and the test button.

At the heavy currents drawn by hair dryers the toroidal transformer in the GFCI may do a worse job of detecting just current imbalances and may start acting like an electronic breaker.
Internal GFCI heating may have something to do with it and the humidity in the bathroom doesn't help.

nealtw 02-12-2013 10:00 PM

Either way you do want to check and add wire nuts at the light and the switch. Did you check the bulb?;)

JeremyB 02-13-2013 07:18 AM

Hi Guys

I had the fixture down and there are wire nuts attached firmly. I also used my voltage detector tool and it wasnt picking anything up at all? weird as everything was working yesterday. Also there seems to be power at the light switch

nealtw 02-13-2013 07:32 AM

Also there seems to be power at the light switch
Both screws when the switch is on?

JeremyB 02-13-2013 07:44 AM

Sorry Neal what do you mean?

I had the fixture cover off to the light and was checking with my volatge detector and was getting no beeps on the hot wire while I had the switch on. I also used the voltage detector at the switch where you turn the lights off and on and was getting beeps.

Hope you know what I mean

nealtw 02-13-2013 08:15 AM

The switch could be bad, put both wires to one screw and turn on the power. If that works you need a switch.

JeremyB 02-13-2013 09:14 AM

Turn the power off at the breaker first right? then,

take both screws off the side off the light switch and attach them to one scew? I though I had to keep white and black away from each other,lol?

forgive me if Im new, but I need to learn somewhere right?

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