How To Figure Out What Mystery Light Switch Is For?

How To Figure Out What Mystery Light Switch Is For?

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Tess Wilson
Oct 1, 2015

Q: I have a light switch on my wall in my living room and bedroom. Unfortunately, there is no obvious light fixture either place, and the switches do not control any outlets. What is the best way to check if there is a box in the ceiling, short of putting a hole in the ceiling? I know I could call an electrician, and may if I find out there is a box. I have asked the super, but he forgets. And to be honest, I don't trust his work. Is there a tool of some type to check if there is electricity there? I love DIY but electricity scares me a bit. Thank you for your time. -Sent by Susan

Editor: Did I pick this Good Question just to make a Friends reference? Perhaps. But do I also want Susan to remain safe and unelectrocuted? Definitely. Electricity-savvy readers, please help!

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