DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Electrical and Wiring > Found Strange Wiring in Junction Box




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-08-2012, 07:28 AM  
gso
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8
Default

okay...I was hoping to do this the best way possible, but I'm now considering a new option.

The attic has a light fixture with a pull-chain switch on it. Do you think I can simply tie the attic fan to that? Or would it be better to run a junction along the line to the light fixture?



__________________
gso is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2012, 07:52 AM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 10,218
Liked 838 Times on 749 Posts
Likes Given: 1453

Default

Depending on what else is on the same cercuit, that could work, I would wire a switch in close to that box so you could turn the fan off from that location. You should get that tester and check out the first box.



__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2012, 08:01 AM  
gso
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8
Default

I wasn't planning on putting a switch on the fan. Do you suggest a switch, even though it turns on/off from the thermostat and cuts off if the motor overheats?

__________________
gso is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2012, 05:14 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 10,218
Liked 838 Times on 749 Posts
Likes Given: 1453

Default

And if you want to work on it or clean it, you would have to turn off the breaker and have no light in the attic.

__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2012, 07:32 PM  
gso
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8
Default

You've convinced me to get a switch. I just ran the wiring directly to the light fixture, with a switch along the way. It works great. The light fixture isn't my favorite option, but everything is capped and snug in their boxes, and I didn't have to guess what the heck is going on in that junction box. I might change it when I become more familiar with the hodgepodge wiring in this house, but for now I'm happy with my first venture in electrical.

Thanks for your help!

__________________
gso is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2012, 08:34 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 10,218
Liked 838 Times on 749 Posts
Likes Given: 1453

Default

You do need to figure out if anything is live in the other box. It may be nothing but if it is live it may be a hazard, and sometimes things are not better to leave well enough alone.



__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Connecting Knob and Tube to Junction Box Rwh56 Electrical and Wiring 4 02-21-2012 04:29 PM
Metal bar in way of junction box dstu Electrical and Wiring 11 02-27-2010 10:31 AM
Dryer Sounds Strange, Smells Strange ff18wife General Appliance Discussion 8 08-02-2008 12:41 PM
thank GOD i found you sexy2351 Introductions 2 06-09-2008 11:19 AM
new here. Glad I found you rando General Home Improvement Discussion 2 05-23-2008 06:11 AM