Whut th' feckin' heck???
By Joliet Jake
• Cambridge, England
Don't suppose Scar's been fiddling with your electrics again has he? Most switches here come already made for two-way operation so that each of the poles has a connection. When you want a one-way switch, you just don't wire in one of the poles. If you really want to fool someone, though, all you need is a short piece of wire, an insulated screwdriver and maybe a pair of rubber gloves. You remove the switch insert one end of the wire into the 'on' pole and the other into the vacant 'off' pole. Whichever way the switch is, the current will always flow through the lamp.
6 people like this
• United States
Here they sell one-way and two-way as separate items, the one-way switch body is noticeably smaller. I often wonder who wired this house because the hallway has two-way switches on either end...but they aren't right. Dad replaced one years ago and now if you turn it on with one and off with the other, you can't turn it back on with the first one.
• United States
Yeah, each of the bedrooms (and the living room) has a switched outlet because they didn't install ceiling lights when the house was built. I was in one and flipped the switch when I left it...didn't look back...a few minutes later I was walking past it and saw the light on and thought I'd forgot to shut it off.
@JolietJake our new house is like that . Each bedroom has a switched outlet and no overhead lights...this will take some getting used to. I think when my son comes to visit he'll be installing a ceiling light in the sewing room at least...I like my lights when I'm sewing.
• St. Catharines, Ontario
You showed it who's in control. I have dreams like that, where I turn something off but it stays on... either a radio or TV. Sometimes it's the lights in the house I lived in as a teenager, and I have to turn off all the switches in the downstairs. Three lights will go out, then when I turn off the fourth one, one of the ones I already turned off comes back one.
• East Tawas, Michigan
We had a switch in the main bathroom, that copped an attitude. One minute the light would be on, it would go out, then possibly flicker back on a minute later:) Demons, J.J. Demons Send your boss to the hardware four times, so he can get it fixed!