I had to remove an outlet in a room and I traced the wire back to this junction box that houses a light switch. I disconnected all splices (solder + tape) in the box (foolishly without marking the wires) and cut the metal cable leading to the outlet I needed to remove with a high leverage cutter.
Now, I'm trying to figure out what's going on in this box. I've identified the hot and temporarily put a connector on it to extend it. I've identified the hot that goes to the light. I figured that of the remaining 3 wires I would have 1 hot that used to go outlet and 2 neutrals. However, here's what I'm finding out that I'm yet to figure out:
The light turns out when I touch the light wire to the hot (even though all other wires are disconnected). The only way I have of explaining this is that the home run goes to the light first and from there two conductors to the box.
All three other wires short circuit when I touch hot to them. The only way I have of explaining this is when I cut the wire with the high leverage cutter, I short circuited it and it's still sitting there in the wall with the hot touching the neutral.
Am I right in my assessments or is there a better explanation?