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  1. Dan2017uk
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    Dan2017uk New EF Member

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    Hi,

    I decided to turn my triple switch in the middle of the wall to a double and single switch by moving them apart. A TV is to be wall mounted between them.

    When I opened the light switch there were more wires than I expected and I can't work out how to divide them so they work. I am tried to disconnect one item first and ensuring the rest still work, which I thought was a good way of working, but whenever I remove one part it all stops working.

    The triple switch consists of (from left to right)
    > bathroom light (2 spots and a standard bulb)
    > bathroom extractor fan
    > bedroom light (single light)
    All are operated from this one single triple switch.

    Opening the switch up, there are:

    5 Black wires all joined together but not connected to the switch.
    5 Earth wires all joined together but not connected to the switch.

    From top, left to right on the switch:
    L2 - Red Wire
    L3 - Empty
    L1 - 1 Red Wire
    L2 - 1 Red Wire
    L3 - Empty

    L1 - 1 Grey Wire
    L2 - 1 Red Wire
    L3 - Empty
    L1 - Red Wire

    between the second set of wires above, L1 and L2 are connected with a short red wire, and then the L2 and the second L1 are connected with a short wire.

    Any advice on how I should go about in determining what group of wires are for which item so that I can get to splitting these apart?

    Also, anyone able to explain why the small wires are going between the L1's and L2's and if I have to do the same thing on my new switch?
     
  2. Vortigern
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    Vortigern Electrician's Arms

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    Sounds like a lot of fun and games.
     
  3. KEV 1 N
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    KEV 1 N Regular EF Member

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    Don't touch it! Leave it alone! Please get an electrician to look at it, if you take it to bits you will not get it back together. You have been warned:eek:
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    if you post your location, sure one of us is close enough to sort this out without it costing an arm and a leg. or you could call Harry Potter. :)
     
  5. HandySparks
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    HandySparks Trusted Advisor

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    Are you keeping the existing switch position and adding a new one?
     
  6. Gavin John Hyde
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    I certainly wouldn't suggest anything without seeing it as its not unheard of for wiring to be done as the installer sees fit and only they understand. so the next person who comes along has no chance.
    Best advice is get an electrician in who can inspect and do it for you.
    Once had to sort out some wiring in a sports club changing rooms with live, neutral and earth all wired in red singles in conduit! made sorting it interesting, it was put in for free by a guy who played on one of the rugby teams who claimed he was an electrician.
     
  7. KEV 1 N
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    KEV 1 N Regular EF Member

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    What sort of electrician would only pinch red cable off the site to do a fiddle job?:confused:
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    well, we all know that rugby players are plumbers with their brains removed.
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    bloody obvious. it was before brown came in. DOH.
     
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  10. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    Well this was just before Easter 2012 so the colours had changed a few years before then! No doubt it was something lying around and he thought that will do. This will make @telectrix@telectrix smile, he was also the club plumber not that he was qualified mind, he did the toilets and showers which were always failing to work... In his eagerness to be useful he never considered if the work was anygood and as he was free nobody thought to ask if he was qualified!
     
  11. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Electrician's Arms

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    The connections sound straight forward, supply in and out with a live link across the switches and three feeds out. They all serve the bathroom so why would you separate them to fit a tv. How would a separate two gang and one gang make a difference surely the three gang is the same dimensions as a two gang?
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    logical thinking after beer o'clock.I'm impressed.
     
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  13. 123
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    Totally lost by what you are trying to achieve with this, I don't see the point of it at all.
     
  14. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    i don't see the point of xfactor but millions watch it.
     
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  15. KEV 1 N
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    KEV 1 N Regular EF Member

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    Wonder if the OP will watch X factor on his new telly when he gets it on the wall between his two light switches?
     
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