This one was told to me by a plumber today at the jobsite. Its easy I figured it out
You have 3 lights up in the attic of a building. These 3 lights are controlled by 3 individual switches in the basement of the building. You must identify which switch controls what light BUT, you can't obviously see the lights from the basement. How do you identify what light is controlled by what switch without the use of any tools except maybe a stepladder if needed to reach the lights, and with only making ONE trip from the basement to the attic. Assume the lights could have just recently been on and might still be hot.
It was an easy solution but I started wondering how MacGyver would've done it. I'm pretty sure he would've started by taking apart the clothes dryer. He might also have left the switch on and looped a string with a weight, secured to the rafter, around the handle. The can of spray starch would act like a blow torch ,(see also: James Bond, "Live and Let Die" venomous snake application), on the string. This would create a precise, for MacGyver, time delay, allowing ample transit time to the attic. Now, if he can only help Dana Elcar grow his hair back and get him to stop picking on Pappy Boyington! Joe
One of the bulbs has been 'borrowed' by a sheetrocker: How many trips to the attic do you need to do to be 100% sure which switch operates which bulb?
Well, if neither of the two remaining bulbs is on, but one is warm, the missing bulb must be the one that's "on". Vefify by taking one of the two remaining bulbs to try it in the empty socket, it should light. You don't have to leave the attic. One trip
Or if one is on, and the other is warm, then the missing bulb is the one that was always off. Or if the dark bulb is cold, then the missing bulb was the one that would have been warm. One trip