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Removing an Older Bath Exhaust Fan

I have removed a wall mount bath exhaust fan. It was on a timer switch. I removed the timer switch

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Question: I have removed a wall mount bath exhaust fan. It was on a timer switch. I removed the timer switch, I thought the power was not connected to the fan anymore, but it was live.

This is an old house and I am not sure how it is wired.

Now the wire at the fan is live without the switch in the circuit.
1st question is why is the line live?
2nd can I make the box where the switch was a receptacle?

This electrical question came from: Tim, from Syracuse, New York

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Tim
Wiring a Bath Exhaust Fan
Tim, the old exhaust fan most likely wired where the power came to the fan and then a switched leg went to the timer switch. This is one way that exhaust fans may be wired, and this method works fine. Now that you are removing the old exhaust fan the electrical wiring must be contained in an accessible electrical junction box, and depending on the location and the circuit wiring, you might be able to install a GFI receptacle at this junction box location.

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