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pixeltarian 01-11-2010 11:36 AM

how do I wire this?
 
in a bathroom:
I have a GFI outlet and a double switch.

I want the outlet to always have power and the switches to control the light and fan.

previously there was just a light on a pull chain, so I'm drawing power from there. I'm putting in a combo light/fan fixture.

any help is greatly appreciated. thank you so much!

travelover 01-11-2010 03:22 PM

I'd suggest that you go to the library and get a basic home wiring book. You can also get one at the big box home stores.

You'll need to run a wire from the switch to the light / fan. You can either pull power from the GFCI or from the box the light is on now. I'd prefer the GFCI so you can protect the fan and light from accidental shock.

JoeD 01-11-2010 04:52 PM

Tell all the cables you have in the switch box.

inspectorD 01-12-2010 05:44 AM

yea
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JoeD (Post 38789)
Tell all the cables you have in the switch box.

What's to tell? :rofl:

Me thinks you mean something else?
I am all for the free book at the library suggestion, in case you run into trouble, they have pictures of what it should look like.

JoeD 01-12-2010 07:09 AM

Tell all the cable in the switch box or are you asking us how to run the cables for this?
There are many ways to wire this. Power to switch first. Power to lights first. You already said you are pulling power from an old pull chain light but where did you go with the power? Is there new fixture going in the pull chain location?

Since this is a bathroom you must be using a 20 amp circuit and it must only serve stuff in the bathroom. Existing conditions do not apply since you are modifying the circuit. It must meet current codes.

pixeltarian 01-13-2010 08:59 AM

how about this?
 
There's just a hot and a neutral. I've looked up some wiring schemes but none of them match this setup. I talked to a few people and looked at some wiring books. Does this diagram seem right? (sorry it's not an actual schematic, I'm not quite there yet).


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q...nah/wiring.png

ohmy 01-14-2010 03:06 PM

That will NOT work. You need to run the hot and the neautral together. Either run both of them through the GFI or none of them. Otherwise, it will trip the GFI with hot skiping the GFI.


Also, You want to ground the light and fan as well. Also, this means the line and fan will be GFI protected. Do you want that?

pixeltarian 01-14-2010 04:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ohmy (Post 38917)
That will NOT work. You need to run the hot and the neautral together. Either run both of them through the GFI or none of them. Otherwise, it will trip the GFI with hot skiping the GFI.


Also, You want to ground the light and fan as well. Also, this means the line and fan will be GFI protected. Do you want that?

yes I want all of those things. too bad there's not a quick free diagram site that you can just draw lines on so someone can show me how to do it correctly. sad face. :(

speedy petey 01-14-2010 05:15 PM

Why not just pigtail the white to the GFI LINE side and then everything will work? Why do you need the light and fan protected?

Also, try to avoid using the signs "+" and "-" for AC wiring. They do not really apply.

pixeltarian 01-14-2010 07:01 PM

*EDIT* shoot. that may not work. It clears all your work when you exit. I saw someone come and go already and all the lines disappeared when he/she left... bummer!

check next post.


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