Hopefully there's a quick and easy answer to my question that I can't
find on the web. I'd like to remove a wall switch controlling a light
in my house (it's a 3-way switch and I decided I don't need this end of
it). My question is what I need to do with the wiring to the switch. It
will still be live because the circuit will still be active. Do I need
to pull it all the out from the electrical breaker box? Or can I just
tape it up, maybe put a plastic wire nut on it and leave it inside the
wall? I have very basic electrical skills (can wire lights, outlets,
etc.) so let me know if this is beyond my expertise. Thanks in advance
for the help.
If you want to eliminate one end of a three way switch, remove the switch,
touch two of the three wires together, if the light comes on, wire nut those
two together and insulate the third wire. If the light doesn't come on, try
another pair until it does. Then install a blank plate over the box
Yes, the only thing I'd add though is that as you are selecting the two
wires to wire-nut together, have the remaining switch in what you want
to be the ON position. Otherwise, Murphy's law will kick in and you
will wire nut it so you have to flip the switch DOWN to turn the light
ON and it will drive your wife nuts until you fix that.
Best thing to do is leave it alone in case you change your mind or sell the
house and the next owner wants it. I can't think of a singe reason to take
it out even if not used. If your wife has a headache, would you cut your
testicles off because they are not needed right now?
We don't do things like that. We did cause Sadaam to lose his job, exiled
his family, confiscated his money, evicted him from his homes, killed his
children, and clapped him in a cell. De-testicling him would be excessive.
if the area has windows and its daylight it doesnt matter.
if its a public space and someone enters the area and falls you will be
found liable might cost you tons of bucks.
a locked door, a alarm , or other efforts may be a better choice
I believe you are misreading the post you are replying to. By the
phrase "To deny control access in an area" I suspect the OP means to
deny access to the control of the lighting in that area. This is
usually done to prevent unauthorized shut down of the lighting in a
public space. As an example the US NEC forbids the use of multi point
switching on required Emergency Lighting Circuits. So when a building
that has previously used individual battery pack emergency lights is
converted to centralized emergency power; such as an inverter array or
generator; there are often dozens of three way and four way; or two way
and intermediate; switches to be removed.
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