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Forum topic by TheLastDeadMouse posted 02-04-2015 03:09 AM 704 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheLastDeadMouse

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02-04-2015 03:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: electric electrical wiring lights fluorescent

Quick background, the total of my electrical experience is replacing a couple kitchen fixtures, greenhouse fans, and a college electrical circuits class 8 years ago.

I had a 8ft T12 fluorescent light with a ballast that went bad, so I decided to just replace it with a new 8ft T8 fixture since the ballast and the new fixture were about the same price. I took the old fixture down and got more than I bargained for with the wiring.

The light is controlled by two switches, but its not a typical three way switch, both switches have to be on for the lights to turn on. There’s an additional 3 fixtures that run off the same switches. Taking the old fixture down, there’s a an orange and a black wire leading to the next fixture in line, then two strands of 12/2 and one 14/2 coming from the attic. None are marked.

I’ve never wired anything where I couldn’t just go white to white and black to black, but there’s more going on here than I’ve ever encountered before. Any help on how to proceed?


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TheFridge

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 03:17 AM

Find a local electrician and give him a 12 pack to fix it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 06:11 AM

+1 get a qualified electrician, 12 pack payment may not be an option but pay the person to fix it right…

I used to be an electrician but I just pull my own wire now…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 06:36 AM

Sounds like you have had a home owner who knew just enough to be a hazard modifying your wiring at some point in the past. You need a professional opinion on all of the wiring in the house! Good luck.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 02:35 PM

I bought the house from the son of the contractor who built it as his own home in the 70’s. There’s a lot of examples of “Good enough for my house” taken literally. Stuff that works but not the way its normally done. This seems to be no exception. I had planned on getting an electrician for a few other things around the place, so this will get added to the list.

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 03:34 PM

If you want I could talk you through it over the phone, it is very easy takes ten min. 774.364.3066

-- Frank

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#6 posted 02-05-2015 05:04 AM



I bought the house from the son of the contractor who built it as his own home in the 70 s. There s a lot of examples of “Good enough for my house” taken literally. Stuff that works but not the way its normally done.
- TheLastDeadMouse

I was warned when I was an apprentice about all carpenters thinking they are electricians ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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