sometimes I forget which of the two wall-mounted buttons in my parents’ three-bay garage goes to which door
That’s OK, randomly (not very often, just when you’ve forgotten about it) my hall light switch sets off my smoke alarm.
Hate when that happens !
Most of the switches in our house are Russian military style – “General Upizoff”
Eight years and my wife doesn’t know the switches (3) for the garage or the deck (2) or the living room (4).
Half of the light witches on the first floor were put in upside down. Try remembering which in the middle of the night.
We have three switches by our front door. I have always recalled the last one turns on porch light, but I always get the other two mixed up as which turns on lamp in room and which turns on light in hall entrance. Been here for 22 years, guess I have 8 more years to learn.
While growing up, the light in our basement laundry room was turned on by pulling a cord attached to the light socket. When my parents finished the basement about 10 years later, they installed a regular light switch in the laundry room. More than 30 years later we STILL try to reach for the cord before flipping the switch.
Hallways and rooms with two entrances often have “three-way” switches that work together controlling the same lights. The lights on position changes depending on which of the two switches was used last.
We’re not sure who wired our house.
RE: There’s a light switch in my bedroom on the 1st floor that turns off the front door light.
I still reach for a light switch in the kitchen that has never been there, the actual switch is by the back door.
Some of our switches like to flip back “on” when I’ve just switched them “off!” :)
Switch plates with 2 or 3 switches and all going to same lights in different order – depending on the room you are in. I’ve lived here 30 some years – still hit the wrong ones. Like last night…
My folks have owned their house for over 15 years. The bathroom I use when I visit (and have done so quite often) has the light switch outside the door. Never fails, at least once a visit: I’ll step in, close the door, then say some unprintable stuff into the darkness that surrounds me!!!
That’s something I would do.
By 30 years you should have it figured out!
Metaphorically this also applies in the bedroom.
Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly
June 10, 2017