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If that grate-covered hole is in a "common area" and up against a wall, you can bet that it was once a floor furnace. The combustion boxes on older gas floor furnaces would crack over time (decades) and become a carbon monoxide (CO) danger to inhabitants due to flue gas escaping into the home instead of going up and out the vent pipe. A utility inspector ...


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There are numerous products that meet this need. You can start with a Google or product search, for example: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22Wireless+Add+On+Switches%22 There's no problem permanently leaving the existing switch left on. You can even get a small plastic clip that will prevent someone from accidentally switching the light off (tape never works ...


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There are numerous remote control systems available that use a stand alone switch and a receiver that either sits in the light fixture or in a circuit box to receive the signal and control power on the line. One example is the LevNet system form Leviton. The receiver replaces your exisiting switch and a wireless switch goes wherever you choose. A simpler ...


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You could also consider replacing the switch with a motion-controlled/manual switch combo. Walk in the room and it turns on automatically. Turn it off manually when you go to bed. Bonus lower energy bill if you are forgetful like me.


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I did exactly that some years ago, replacing the light switch with an X10 remotely controllable switch, and hang the remote on the wall at the other end of the room. However, that approach will NOT work with LED bulbs, due to the way it powers itself, and may not work safely with fluorescents. (X10 is the low-budget brand which introduced carrier-current ...



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