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Old 05-04-2016, 09:10 PM   #1
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Curses - foiled again!

Last year, when I got my Mini-Lite, the bathroom light switch had some RTV around it. I took the switch off the wall to clean it up. I don't for the life of me understand why there's RTV there, but there was a bunch.

Anyway, while I was there, I noticed that there are two wires on the downstream side of the switch (see 1st pic). "Aha!" I said. One wire must be to the bathroom lights and one wire to the fan! I hate having the fan switched by the light switch.

So today I cut the two wires on the yellow connector. My plan was to touch each wire to the switch. Whichever one was to the fan I was going to move to the upstream side of the switch, thus the fan would be powered all the time and I'd turn it on and off at the fan. So I touched the first wire and nothing happened. I touched the 2nd wire and both lights and fan came on. DANG!

What in the world could the 2nd wire be for? Turns out the 2nd wire actually powers the light in the main living area just outside the bathroom door in front of the fridge (see 2nd pic).
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:37 AM   #2
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Yeah, it's crazy how they wire these things.

In one or the units we've owned the connection between the light and fan was tucked behind the trim ring of the fan.
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