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  1. #1
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    Default Switches to nowhere

    I just moved into a 50 year old house. Although some activate a wall outlet, there are a number of wall switches that don't seem to control anything. I also have some floddlights outside, that I can't find where to turn them on. My question is this, is there a way to trace what switches turn on/off, and to trace what will turn on the floodlights?

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    Default Re: Switches to nowhere

    Ah, every old house needs a few "mystery switches" that don't do anything.

    Wonder if someone removed some fixtures and covered over the boxes.

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    Default Re: Switches to nowhere

    If you have an live wire tester you could run under and over the switch to see if you have a live wire in the wall. Maybe it's a weak way of checking, but if there's no juice, at least you'll know it isn't working.

    Did you try testing the wall outlets?

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    Default Re: Switches to nowhere

    Check in the attic for junction boxes with a dead end circuit . I found one in my home , and that explained my mystery switch .
    Do these switches have source voltage ? Check around in the attic , you might be surprised at what you turn up .

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    Default Re: Switches to nowhere

    You might want to install a known good bulb in the flood and check switches again, you may have a bulb burnt out. Also check to see if it has a photo or motion detector.

    I have also seen people replaced switched outlets and forget to remove the jumper between upper and lower outlet.
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