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I came across something like this recently and have never seen anything like it:



The one I saw was from the 70's and in a bathroom, the top half controled the light, the bottom half for the fan. I think my old high school had some of these too. Has anyone seen these or know what they are called? Or know anything about them?
 

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I've seen and installed similar ones. But none exactly like your picture.



Even a decora variety, up to four switches in one I believe.

 

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Sorry the picture is so big. I did not know it was going to appear like that and I can't edit the post to re-size it now.
 

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Sometimes you are limited in wall space
That.

Also, a lot of times it's easier to just drop a chain down to an existing switch box and catch it with a magnet, then pull a switch leg into the box and use a stacked switch.

If it's a plaster and lath wall, the last thing I want to do is cut out a single gang box and install a 2-gang.
 

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No innuendo this time.:laughing:

Just agreeing changing a one gang to two gang in plaster and lathe sucks.


Ya know, as I typed that word I was thinking about that EXACT scene. :laughing: During my downtime I had a Scrubs marathon on Netflix so it was fresh in my memory.
 

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We call them stack switches. Avoid when possible but when you have a kitchen light and a disposal switch and you have to set your box horizontal because of the cabinet..... They're handy.
 

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how are they being held in the box?. theres only two holes for the box screws, and each switch probably has two screws each.

You insert each device , switch / or receptacle into the mounting plate , then with a small screwdriver you pry the two indentations into the slots in the device .
That is what holds it into the mounting plate .
Then you mount it just like a normal switch or receptacle .

Some low voltage switches still come this way .

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