Of course the simple answer is yes. “Happens every day, every inspection…”
Guess I’m asking about things that make you REALLY think “Hmmm?”
Reason I ask, I did an an inspection today, permission given by the owner to flip the main breaker on for power, which I did. Once inside and doing a walk through through, I flip all the room’s electrical switches on to at least get some lights on.
Long story made short. Upstairs, open loft with an ceiling fan and light fixture. Each operated by to separate switches on the wall.
So get the picture:
Once you get to the top of the loft stairs, double switch plate on the right wall. First switch controls the the loft stair light which is also controlled by a single switch on the main level before you ascend the stairs. The other switch controls the ceiling fan. On the same wall, there is a double window and a single switch located to the left which activate the lights on the ceiling fan. All flipped on and everything is working.
Shutting down the inspection and making sure everything is turned off, I go back through and make sure every light, fan and electrical switch is the same as I found it. When leaving that loft today, I flipped the switch for the lights on the ceiling fan and they turned off. I flipped the ceiling fan switch and it too turned off. Satisfied, I went down to the main level to finish securing the rest of the property. Just happened to look up and yep… the loft ceiling fan and lights were on, even though I saw them go off.
Well, ok then. There has to be other switches somewhere. Nope! Went back up and every switch I used to turn them on and off prior, was not working. Nothing, nada… Lights on and fan running!! Finished the inspection and turned off the main breaker per owner’s request and left.
“Recommend electrical contractor and/or paranormal investigator for further evaluation…”