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PIGRIG 09-21-2018 03:33 PM

Found some disconnected wires
 
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Iíve been cleaning out the underside of the kitchen counter and of course some rodents made a mess at one point. I found this wiring that isnít connected to anything: one white and 2 red wires. The red wires were clipped or chewed. What do they go to? Previous owner says everything works - though I havenít yet run the fridge or microwave. Any ideas? Looks to have been around a long time - the connector was crusted up with whatever they used to make a nest.Attachment 220000

Bob_C 09-21-2018 03:48 PM

Try running everything....

PIGRIG 09-21-2018 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by bob caldwell (Post 4412982)
Try running everything....



Fridge works, microwave works. Vent fan above stove works. Stove and oven work. Hot water heater works.

avfordguy 09-21-2018 09:12 PM

Furnace? Those wires were cut, not chewed

PIGRIG 09-21-2018 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by avfordguy (Post 4413426)
Furnace? Those wires were cut, not chewed



Ah, man. I havenít tried the furnace because itís hot as hades here in Florida. How can I check this? Totally grateful for ALL of your advice, specifically. This has been one heck of a ride, man. Iím learning fast. My fiancť and I had planned RV Life in the future but my landlord of 6 years (great person) needs to sell so we are on a fast track to learn all this stuff before January 1st. Thank you, again!

Woodman018 09-21-2018 09:27 PM

My coach has several wires that are not connected to anything. It would be a good idea to check those cut wires for voltage and wire nut the end of them if voltage is there.
Dave

PIGRIG 09-21-2018 09:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Woodman018 (Post 4413438)
My coach has several wires that are not connected to anything. It would be a good idea to check those cut wires for voltage and wire nut the end of them if voltage is there.

Dave



Good tip - I have a voltmeter. Could you give me a basic on how to check for voltage?

R_2ndWind 09-22-2018 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by PIGRIG (Post 4413456)
Good tip - I have a voltmeter. Could you give me a basic on how to check for voltage?

Switch your volt meter to 12V DC. Touch red probe to a red wire and the black probe to a metal ground. White wire may be a ground but if its not connected your meter won't read anything even though the red wires might have power.

Then test the other red wire and a ground. If the test shows a red wire has voltage then test with the red probe on a red wire and the black probe on the white wire.

If your volt meter takes a battery, make sure its not dead.

Good luck!

PIGRIG 09-22-2018 07:46 PM

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Originally Posted by R_2ndWind (Post 4414811)
Switch your volt meter to 12V DC. Touch red probe to a red wire and the black probe to a metal ground. White wire may be a ground but if its not connected your meter won't read anything even though the red wires might have power.



Then test the other red wire and a ground. If the test shows a red wire has voltage then test with the red probe on a red wire and the black probe on the white wire.



If your volt meter takes a battery, make sure its not dead.



Good luck!



Thank you!

Bob_C 09-22-2018 09:03 PM

In my rv, red and white wires are used for lighting circuits

777 Driver 09-22-2018 09:18 PM

Propane/CO detector?

Just a guess, but it's something that's typically mounted nearby close to the floor.

Take care,
Stu

THenne1713 09-22-2018 11:26 PM

Be CAREFUL, IN CASE THE RED WIRES ARE 120VAC AND ENERGIZED??? TEST FOR 120VAC BEFORE TESTING FOR 12VDC

PIGRIG 09-27-2018 07:58 AM

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Originally Posted by THenne1713 (Post 4415080)
Be CAREFUL, IN CASE THE RED WIRES ARE 120VAC AND ENERGIZED??? TEST FOR 120VAC BEFORE TESTING FOR 12VDC



I feel dumb but how would I test either way? To know the difference? I capped them off with butt connectors.


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