Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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Why does this switch throw the breaker when turned on?

I volunteered to help a friend with an electrical problem she was having - two of the receptacles in her bedroom did not work. All the receptacles that I looked at had two black wires and two white ...
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When I turn down the dimmer switch on my lights, do I actually use less electricity?

My wife and I have several lights on dimmer switches throughout our home. We generally prefer the ambient lighting provided by dimmed lights. I am curious, though, if we are saving any electricity by ...
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How do I wire a double stack switch?

I have double stack switch with intention of 2 independent light areas ( undermount cabinet lighting and overhead pot light. When I connect black hot wire to black screw ( both feeds simultaneously ...
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Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan?

Need your help, please. I have a single pole switch that controls the wall’s receptacles. It has one 14/2 cable, white/black/ground, where the white is hot. I would like to install a ceiling fan. I ...
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What can we use as a wireless switch for a ceiling light?

I removed a light/ceiling fan that had a pull string when we installed my son's bunk bed (we didn't want the fan blades knocking him in the head). We now want to install just a ceiling light. There ...
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How do I wire a single pole and a 3-way switch in the same box?

I have a 4 gang switch box with one 3-way switch and three single pole switches. When the 3-way is flipped on, all the other switches can turn their lights on and off. But when the 3-way is flipped ...
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How do I replace this switch with a dimmer?

I'm trying to install a dimmer switch (single pole) in a 4 gang box. In the current set up, I have two black wires attached to the SAME screw (one of those wires is from the back of the box, while ...
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De-coupling fan and lighting switches?

Background on what I'm trying to do: This question appears somewhat similar in concept to Can I control a bathroom extractor fan independently from the light? however, in my case, I believe the ...
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Why would the magnetic switch on my refrigerator door trip when the freezer door opens instead?

This is pretty strange: a few months ago I moved into a new apartment with a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator (freezer on top). It's a fairly basic unit, and until today it worked OK. This morning I ...
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Ground wire behaves weird

I never experienced this and it doesn't really make sense. I installed recessed lights(6) with the switch. I connected them all in parallel. The house uses only two wires for lights, white and black. ...
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New light switch has blue, black, and white wires. Wall has black, white, and ground. Can I make it work?

I bought a new light switch that is supposed to allow me to automate my lights easier. Here is what it looks like: It has blue, black, and white wires. Coming out of my wall, however, I only have a ...
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How do I add two more lights to one cirucuit. The power is supplied to the first light?

I have and old house and the light is supplied with power which then is connected to one switch. I want to add two more lights and have them run off the same switch. I connected as though the power ...
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Can I replace two light switches with a single light switch?

In my basement family room I have two sets of track lighting on either sides of the room. Each set is controlled by it's own dimmer switch, and both dimmer switches are in the same box in the wall. ...
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How to add indicator on a light switch to indicate the outdoor 3-way light is on?

Have some carriage lights outside my garage that can be turned on from inside the house. It's common that the switch will get flipped and the lights will stay on when they're not wanted. Is there ...
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Concerns about replacing a worn out light switch

Our home is about 3 years old. New construction. New parts. The main lights in the kitchen are a 4-way circuit (3 switches, + lights). Since we primarily come into the room from one side, one ...
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How can I add a switch to separately control a light and fan?

I have a single switch that turns on/off both a light and a fan. How do I add a switch so that each is controlled by its own switch?
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How can I improve the sensitivity of a motion detector light?

I bought a motion detector light a few weeks ago. It worked great out of the box, but now its sensitivity has lowered a lot. You need to be really close to it for it to detect motion. I tried ...
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How do I install a dimmer switch?

A friend was trying to help me install new dimmer switches and instead of disconnecting one wire and putting it on the new switch, he just cut the wires and couldn't figure out how to put them back. ...
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What type of wire should I run when updating a ceiling fan?

I started to change out my ceiling fan and noticed the support brace is actually laying on the drywall and not firmly attached to a beam. I also noticed the new fan has a blue wire where the wiring in ...
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How do I wire two lights with a switch?

How do you wire two ceiling lights on one switch? I have installed the switch, and the two lights, but only one light is working. It is the light that the power source enters. My setup is like ...
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Wiring Leviton Timer to Bath Fan and Switch to Light

I am a DIYer with a basic knowledge of electrical wiring. I am having trouble wiring a bath fan to a timer and light to a switch. I can get get power to one or the other, not both. Here is the ...
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Is it possible to do two 3way switched circuits that share a common power source but the power source and the light wire are in the same box?

I'm trying to connect two separate circuits from a single power source using 3way switches. My trouble seems that my wire from my light and my power source are in the same box. Is there a way to do ...
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How can I control a bath fan with two lights through a single wire?

I have a bath fan with a main light and night light. It is currently supplied by one piece of 12-2 from a wall switch. Since this configuration makes the night light completely worthless, I'd like ...
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Do you know any switches which turns on/off based on day light?

I am looking for having some sensor based switches which will turn on/off the lights based on the light conditions during the day (i.e. turn on when there is less light and turn off when there is more ...
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Why isn't my 3-way dimmer setup working?

My dining room light is currently controlled by 2 different light switches. However it isn't wired how I am used to seeing them. In my old house, there were 2 switches that controlled the dining ...
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How can I tell what dimmer switch to use with LED lights?

I replaced the halogen GU10 bulbs in my kitchen with LED bulbs... I'm really pleased with the results but as the bulbs I bought are dimmable, how do I know what dimmer switch I can use? I did try ...
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How do I wire a combo with two supplies?

I want to replace a double outlet with an outlet/switch combo. I want the outlet to remain hot and the switch to power a disposal. By one response it seems I was wrong about two supplies. I have, ...
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Rewiring A Ceiling Fan - Add Wall Switch

I have ceiling fans in four rooms all with lights. The fans are hardwired to the breaker box, but the lights are on switches. I'd like to add another switch to control the fan, either on/off, or a ...
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Home light switch circuit with 5 switches

I'm new to the amazing wold of electronics and starting out small. I think... Early 2010 me and the wife bought a house that was build in 1979. Now I started replacing light switches and encountered ...
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How to independently switch a GFCI outlet?

I would like to add a plug outside where each plug would be independently switched. The use of this is to be able to switch a rope light and a fan separately. This is being added to a new breaker so ...
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How do you weatherproof a light switch?

I have a switch that I would like to put in a workshop in a potentially damp location. It's not going to be outside in the rain, but it's entirely possible that at some point water might get splashed ...
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How can I install this automatic transfer switch?

I currently have a Gentran 3028 subpanel connected to a 12,000 watt generator over a 30 AMP branch and the utility/main panel over a 60 AMP branch. I want to replace the Gentran with a APC UTS10BI. ...
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Why won't my ceiling light turn off with the wall switch disconnected?

I want to install a ceiling light where previously only a box cover existed, no fixture. I connected the black wire to the black fixture wire, white to white, ground to ground. No other wires are ...
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Should I convert a single light switch to a receptacle/switch combo?

First I want to say I've done a little research on my question. I'm familiar (I think) with the wiring, but I'm uncertain if my solution is a good one because of what I plan on using the outlets for ...
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Should switches in a kitchen area have GFCI protection?

Do the switches on the wall and over the counter areas have to be on a GFCI protected circuit? As there is live power at the switch all the time, I would think this to be true, but I'm not sure.
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How can I convert switched receptacles to half switched receptacles?

In my new house, I have two outlets which are both fully switch, and can be controlled by two different switches (three way of course). I would like to convert the outlets both to half switched, but ...
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Can I add an occupancy sensor to a 3-way circuit?

If I replace one switch in a 3-way circuit with an occupancy switch, would this cause the occupancy switch to work in reverse (or not at all) if the regular switch was toggled? If so, would the best ...
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How do I wire a 3 gang switch in my new bath?

I am putting a basement bath in and I need help. I will be adding a new 20 amp circuit for the single pole outlet. Also, a 20 amp line for a 3 switch box. Switch #1 is for the vanity light, #2 is for ...
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How do I fix drywall around wall box so switch plate covers damage?

In my house, there are maybe three or four outlet boxes and switch boxes where there was damage done to the drywall surrounding the box at some point. There are no structural or electrical issues ...
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I need a multiple-switch light switch which can't all be turned off at once

I have a 4 switch (I think it's called "4-gang"?) light switch on the wall. It's not connecting to lights though, but to AC vent doors. Now, these AC vents must never all be closed at once. Meaning, ...
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How should I rewire this situation?

In my dinning room, I have this: There is a wire run going up through the floor from the basement. It then goes outside the wall, around a stud (or studs, I'm can't tell there is more than one), back ...
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Is this switch properly grounded?

I replaced a standard single pole switch with an Intermatic ST01 timer switch, into a metal electrical box with three other switches. The switch I was replacing had no ground connection, but some of ...
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What are switches activated by a closet door called?

My father-in-law set up all of his closet lights to turn on and off when the door opens. He used a switch that was apparently designed for that purpose, with a largish contact switch that turned on ...
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Should I put a dimmer switch on a ceiling fan?

I have a ceiling fan on our bedroom's vaulted ceiling. Since we don't want 7' pull-cords, the speed is stuck at full-tilt, which is no good. The fan has separate switches on the wall for lights and ...
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How can I override a motion detector light?

I am going to be installing one or two motion detector lights to cover my backyard. I would like the ability to "override" the motion detector. What I mean by this is that I would like to be able to ...
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How do I rewire this circuit controlling several lights and receptacles?

The wiring is suspended on the ceiling inside a metal tube that connects to each light socket and set of outlets at independent metal junction boxes. The first light in the chain finally stopped ...
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Can I replace a single light switch with a 3-way switch that can individually control 2 lights in a fixture?

I have a ceiling light fixture with 2 bulb sockets. Right now it's controlled by a single 2-way switch (on/off). My idea was to install a 3-way (or possible 4 but not necessary) switch that can ...
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How can I install this programmable switch where a neutral is not present?

I'm trying install this programmable switch but the instructions do not match reality. The instructions refer to the existence of a black (load) cable and a white (neutral) cable supposedly coming out ...
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How can I install this programmable switch?

I just had our house re-wired (by a professional, not myself). I'm looking into replacing a light switch with a fancy programmable version (Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B). The location for the ...
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Does a single-gang double timer switch exist?

I have a single gang outlet that current has a double/split switch installed controlling an inside light and an outside light. Ideally I'd like to have the outside light on a timer. Does a single ...