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My husband is trying to jump electricity from one switch to

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My husband is trying to jump electricity from one switch to another. He is adding a switch to control a fan. Right now the way its hooked up you can have either the light or the fan on but not both. How should this be wired correctly?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  electrifier replied 6 years ago.

electrifier :

Where does the power come into the switching system? What has he used to jumper from one switch to the other?

Customer:

power comes from another switch

Customer:

he bought wire to use to jumper

Customer:

Are you here?

Customer:

hi there

electrifier :

Is this the switch where the power comes into the circuit? Does he know which side of the switch is hot all the time? From this hot side a jumper wire must be pigtailed to the hot wire for each switch since only one wire can connect to a terminal on a switch. This way both switches will work independently of each other.

Customer:

there are 2 control switches in the room and the power is on the other switch away from where we are working. can i pigtail this switch to control another switch?

Customer:

a new switch is what we r installing

electrifier :

The second switch must have constant power. It can not be on the back end of a 3 way circuit. It must be where the power feeds to the switch.

electrifier :

It can not be done as you describe.

Customer:

ok then is that why when we turn on 1 switch the other goes off?

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