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The wiring in this box has me stumped. I have one outlet and 2 switches, 1 to a vanity 1 to an overhead fan/light. I replaced all the switches and outlets throughout the rest of the house. I had the bathroom and 2 back bedrooms left to switch out.

When I got to the bathroom, I disconnected the outlet and plugs then realized I lost power completely in the 2 other bedrooms and also lost power to a few outlets in the basement. I remember pigtails between the switches but forgot how the rest was wired up.

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    You're gonna have to finish asking your question. We can't do much with this as it is. – A. I. Breveleri Nov 5 '19 at 5:11
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    Well, you got three cable and two switches -- doesn't seem like you'd have anything left over really. – A. I. Breveleri Nov 5 '19 at 5:13
  • Is replacing the cable an option? Also, what do the switches control? – ThreePhaseEel Nov 5 '19 at 5:31
  • Sorry. I have one outlet and 2 switches, 1 to a vanity 1 to an overhead fan/light. I replaced all the switches and outlets throughout the rest of the house. I had the bathroom and 2 back bedrooms left to switch out. When i got to the bathroom, i disconnected the outlet and plugs then realized i lost power completely in the 2 other bedrooms and also lost power to a few outlets in the basement.. i remember pigtails between the switches but forgot how the rest was wired up. – Shsmack44 Nov 5 '19 at 14:06
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You're going to have to do some work to figure this out. I see three cables coming into the box. One of those is the 'feed'. The feed should be whatever is 'hot' if the power is on to the box. You need to find that first and isolate it so you can work safely- cap them. off.

You also said one of the white wires is 'hot'. That's usually only done when making a 'runner', aka a wire that heads to a three-way switch (two or 3 switches can turn on a light). If you ONLY have a white wire as 'hot' when the circuit breaker is on, please stop, as that IS NOT NORMAL. Either way, said white wire SHOULD have a black marker or electrical tape around it to designate 'runner'. It's possible that an earlier wire downstream was flipped around accidentally and you've energized the neutral by accident.

Once you find the hot/neutral pair for the main circuit, the switch needs 2 wires out- hot and runner, the second switch (if it's a single) needs just a single line out, and the outlet needs a hot and neutral.

The outlet will be piggybacked to feed the two switches, most likely. You'll also need to piggy the neutral to the return from the lights so the circuit can be completed.

I know this sounds complicated but it's really important to know what wires are what- and if you aren't comfortable with that or don't have the tools, you need to hire an electrician or find someone that does- especially since you've said a white wire was hot.

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