Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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Need to add a GFCI outlet to an existing furnace circuit

I need to install a GFCI receptacle in my unfinished basement for the new power-vented hot water heater that I had installed. The plumber said I could use the existing furnace circuit. I mapped out ...
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installed dimmer switches, and now only half box works and can't get them to turn on [on hold]

Yes I know this is stupid, but I put in two dimmers (3way) to controll the same set of recessed lights, instead of a master slave setup, and it worked for a short while, but now it doesn't. I replaced ...
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Half Hot Switch Controlled Outlet to Always on and Keep Power to Switch

I have a half switch controlled outlet (other half is always on) that I would like to make always on and still keep power to the switch to power an in-wall ceiling fan/light remote(the flippers I ...
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Are these 3 switches wired correctly?

I updated the switches in my master bedroom. It used to be 3 switches - one for the ceiling fan's light, one for the ceiling fan blades, and one to control a few outlets (for floor lamps). I added a ...
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Wiring for GFCI and 3 switches in bathroom

I'm wrapping up a bathroom remodel. An electrician came a while back and ran new wiring. He installed a plastic 4-gang box which will have a GFCI receptacle and 3 switches for a light above the ...
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Adjacent room light switch causing LED lights to display tiny bit of light

I have three rooms in my basement that have all their ceiling light circuits wired up in sequence. They are all single switch circuits and the first two rooms have 4 ceiling lights each and the last (...
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Confused by the circuitry in the switch box for my basement lights (installing 1st smart switch)

I've spent the last couple hours trying to install a smart switch in my new-construction home (finished last month in Chicago) and I'm a bit confused. Pictures here, going to focus on the top picture. ...
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Help replacing old fan switch

I'm trying to replace an old fan switch in my bathroom. The top two switches don't even work anymore. Here's a picture: The three switches on the left are the ones that need replacing. And here's ...
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Replacing a double wall switch and I am confused by the wiring

I am replacing a double set of single pole wall switches. One switch controls a ceiling fan and another controls the fan lighting. There are 4 runs of romex terminating in the box, 1 from the fan/...
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Duplex switch with dimmer fed by two circuits

I have a ceiling fan and a set of over-counter pendant lights separately switched via a duplex single pole switch - 2 switches. Both switches are remote leg configurations with the main power coming ...
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Wiring a Ceiling-fan and switch while disconnecting an outlet from the switch

A couple of years ago I replaced a ceiling light in the MB with a ceiling fan/light using a remote control wall switch (light off/on with dimmer; fan off/on, high, med, low). There is only one switch....
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Light switch with same color wires

I wanted to install a timer light switch but when I opened the switch I noticed there were only two wires and a ground and both wires were the same color. The timer switch has a white black and blue ...
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Having issues connection motion sensor

I bought an in-wall PIR switch (http://amzn.to/293hYyJ) and I'm trying to install it. The switch has 4 wires: red, black, white and green In my wall, I had 2 black wires and a green one that were ...
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3 way switch issue

I am trying to figure out how to install a 3-way switch. Unfortunately, I did not took any pictures of the previous 3-way switch installment, I thought this would be easy but after I bought the new ...
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Converting two three-way switches to a single dimmer

I recently replaced my kitchen lights to dimmable LEDs. Right now there are two 1 gang 3-way switches, so I can control the same lights from two switches. I wanted to replace one of the switches with ...
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Electric - turn one light on dims another room

So we have a landing light at top of stairs that has a switch at bottom of the stairs and one at the top. When this light is switched on we can't turn the bedroom light on. However if we switch ...
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Pilot light on switch comes on when light is off

First off I know the switch the works I plugged it into a different circuit where I have another one and the pilot light turned on when the switch was on. However when I have it installed in the ...
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How can I soften the clicking sound of a light switch

I am renovating my house. The contractor has rewired my house and installed rocker switches for my lighting. The big button looks good. But flipping the switch produces a loud snapping sound. Short of ...
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Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch). I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the ...
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Are there such things that allow quick changing which circuit powers outlets/lights

Is there some kind of electrical switch that will take 2 different electrical circuits in and the load can alternate between circuits based on the position of the switch? I was thinking about doing ...
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Ceiling Fan with no chain - Want to add fan speed control on wall

I have a ceiling fan with light that has no chain. The electrician who installed it added it to the switches on the wall. It's a 3 gang box with 2 switches used for the fan light and fan power ...
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Brown, yellow, and orange wires in a wall switch

I understand that: Black wire = hot White wire = neutral Green wire = ground In the wall switch in my condo, there are 2 switches, one with red/brown wire, the other with yellow/yellow/orange ...
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Why is one switch dependent on the other switch position in my double light switch?

I just a installed a new outlet and powered it from an existing light switch. I replaced the single switch with a double switch. Wiring: hot to black (common) double switch terminal. Black wire from ...
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Light switch wiring

hi all, went to replace a dimmer with a conventional light switch and found this wiring, it's different to what I've seen before (I'm a bit of a novice and can do basic wiring). Anyone able to point ...
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Replacing Dimmer with Switch - Online Examples Don't Match My Setup

I purchased a single pole boring light switch to replace a not-really-used dimmer, and I want to be cautious and check myself. I apologize if this is a duh question. The guides all show switches that ...
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Why would a switched neutral situation only act up after years of use?

My front porch light fixture (it has a dusk sensor, fwiw) suddenly stopped working. After checking the voltages and finding I was getting 110 volts when the switch was in the on position and 84 volts ...
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How can I wire two switched outlets but power is connected at the first outlet?

I'm trying to connect a new switch and two new outlets (from switch) to an existing electric line. This new switch should turn the two new outlets on and off. However, I'd like to connect it as ...
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Electricity passes through a bulb holder, even when the switch is off

In my home, electricity passes through a bulb holder even when the switch is off. I heard that happens due to 3-way switches. Could anybody tell me if it is okay or worth worrying? Update Let me ...
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Wall switch no longer used, how to cover it

I have replaced a ceiling fan in my home that had a separate hot wire for a light. The new fan has a remote control for the light & fan motor. The old fan was controlled from a 5-gang wall switch....
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Light switch with one red and two black wires. Dont think it's a three way

I've been steadily replacing switches in my house with zwave ones. The other day I opened this guy up and found a red wire wired to the top of the switch, a black wire at the bottom and another black ...
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Wiring a fan and recessed lighting to a double switch

I currently have a single switch operating a ceiling fan. I'd like to add some recessed lighting to the room. Can I replace the single switch with a double switch to operate the ceiling fan and (4) ...
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Oddball wiring for ceiling light

My garage has a light connected to a switch and a garage door opener. The garage door opener was hard wired to a line coming out from the space between the porcelain light fixture and the ceiling. The ...
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How do I wire a light switch that has 2 switches wired in but should only use 1?

I just moved into a new home. The builder left the island lights capped, and I am trying to install them now. There are 3 lights over the island. The first one, for some reason, has the pot lights ...
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GFCI receptacle works partially when switch is turned off; not at all when on

I had an electrician install an outdoor receptacle recently, and it's not working as expected. Before the receptacle was installed, the only thing I'm aware of that was on this circuit was a single ...
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Outlets and lights don't work but plug-in receptacle tester indicates all ok

I have two bedrooms and a shared bath that are on one circuit. Through some initial remodeling/updating, all of the outlets were replaced (3-prong), and all of the light switches. All is fine in ...
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Three-way switches to control top outlet of multiple receptacles

I am in the process of renovating the livingroom in my 1930's era house which only has two non-switched outlets in one 12x12 room. I would like some receptacles to have one switched and one non-...
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Is tungsten wattage different from regular wattage?

I bought a new in-wall timer rated 20 Amps. and it says '1350 w Tungsten', so I'm wondering if there are watts which are measured different then other watts? In my calculation it should be 20 x 120 = ...
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Why is my 3 way switch suddenly not working?

I just replaced the switches on a 3 way light fixture and wired them exactly how they were from the wall before. When I turned the power back on everything worked fine and the 2 switches activated ...
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wiring for illuminated 3 way toggle switches

i have two three way illuminated toggle switches in my bathroom. when the bathroom light is out only one of the illuminated toggle switches glows; the other does not. how can I wire these so that ...
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Installing a dual switch from a single switch which powers two wall sconces

My living room has one wall switch that feeds two different lights/ sconces . The switch has only two black wires on the side of the switch. one on the top and one to the bottom . I would like to ...
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GFCI Problem wiht Three-Way Switch WAS Two Switches Neutrals Only, Switched Hots Not Used

I replaced an old two-prong receptable with a three-prong GFCI (no ground) yesterday. It won't reset. I found out that "downstream" there is a light on the next level down that is controlled by two ...
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how to replace single pole switch with red wire to an occupancy sensor

I have an outlet that is currently controlled by a single pole switch. There are other receptacles on the same breaker that are always on. I want the Leviton IPSD6 Occupancy sensor (that is also a ...
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Replacing wall switch with wireless relay receiver

A number of years ago I made the effort to get some training on basic home electrical so that I could install lights, dimmers, etc. by myself and use Professional Electricians for the complex stuff. ...
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Is this ceiling box wiring correct and how can I reconnect an abandoned 3-way switch to it?

I have a house (Georgia, USA) and some kitchen renovations have revealed some prior electrical work and I am trying to figure it out. Originally, there was a ceiling box in the kitchen with a fan/...
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What is this switch operating?

I just moved into a new townhouse. There is a switch that in my living room/dining room area that seems to do nothing. I checked and it is wired in but I can't figure out what it operates. I've ...
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Changing out programmable Light Switch, wire help needed!

When we moved into our house 4 years ago that was built back in 1960 we had the programmable light switch that controls the front porch light replaced by an electrician that was doing some other work ...
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What is the purpose of a GFI outlet tripping on low voltage?

As I went looking for a replacement for a GFI wall outlet, I noticed that the advertised features of one outlet included "low voltage trip" – that is, the GFI will trip not only when a ground fault is ...
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GFCI receptacle and 3-way switches

I have replaced a bathroom outlet with a GFCI. The first outlet from the circuit breaker is the bathroom outlet. The circuit then goes to a switched light outdoors, a switched light to a hallway, ...
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Troubleshooting Jenn air cooktop issue

I purchased a used Jenn Air Cook top range (model c238b-c) to replace an older existing one (c221-c). Both units are the typical counter top with 2 slide-in double cook top element carthridge, and ...
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What size plate for 2 1-gang boxes side by side

Whoever put the electrical boxes in our kitchen before we moved in put two separate 1-gang boxes side by side (an outlet and a toggle) instead of just using a 2-gang box. The plates covering them were ...