Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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why are 120v coming out of my light switch plate screws?

While troubleshooting a dead GFCI receptacle in my bathroom I discovered that a nearby light switch plate's screws have 120 volts coming out of them. The GFCI was reading 1.5v from hot to ground on ...
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When using US-colored 14/3 for a simple switch does the red wire need to be marked?

In a typical switch loop (from the past) where 14/2 is used, the white wire should be marked on both ends with black tape to indicate it is a "hot" wire just like the black wire. In a 14/3 cable, the ...
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How can I wire a new outlet from a light switch, with light switch set-up I've never seen before?

I'm trying to add a new electrical outlet in my basement, and the only good source looks to be a light switch. I found a decent (except for how he never turns off the breaker!) YouTube instructional ...
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News Exterior Transfer Switch Location and Clearance

I finally got around to figure out the spot for a new transfer switch which I acquired some time ago, there aren't any choices since the transfer switch needs to be close to the meter. It is a small ...
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How can I connect a zwave switch that requires a neutral to 3 way box?

I have a 3 way switch that looks like it's wired like the illustration below. I would like to remove the switch shown on the left and replace the switch shown on the right with a Zwave switch that ...
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Fuses blow and sparks appear when using my home's wiring circuits

I have recently had issues with different electrical appliances / light bulb / bathroom wiring packing up. If you put 4 bulbs in different areas of the house, you can guarantee that 1 or 2 will blow ...
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Wiring existing 3 Way Switch in basement stairs that was cut

Edit: So after reading more up on 3 way switches I may think I know how they originally wired it though, I just haven't seen any diagrams done this way. It looks like they passed the 2 traveler lines ...
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I have a neutral wire, what do I hook that wire to?

I have 4 wires on a new switch, 2 of them going to ground. One green and one silver (bare) coming from the bracket of the switch. In the electrical wiring of the house I have a neutral wire, what do I ...
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Can I join two switched circuits into one circuit?

I have a circuit for the kitchen lights w/two 3-way switches. I also have a circuit for the adjoining room w/three 4-way switches. Is there any way to safely join the two circuits and just use ...
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Replace light Switch with Zwave light switch

I have two light switches which control the same light (is this known as a 3way connection?). I would like to replace one of the switches with a Z-wave light switch so I can incorporate the light in ...
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Are there “uncommon” 3-way switch wirings?

We have a 3-way switch in the garage that I would like to upgrade to a Lutron Maestro 3-way occupancy sensor. I have tried (and failed) to do so twice now... and I'm pretty handy. I'm starting to ...
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Three way light switches in a tower

Talking with an electrician some time back when the house was being remodeled we were discussing the virtues of the remote control of lights. He had boasted that while the technology is neat, there ...
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How do I add a switch/closet light to the existing end line light switch?

I have a wall switch to control a bedroom ceiling fixture at the end of its run (2-wire power source). I would like to install an additional switch/closet light connected to the end of the run. I ...
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How can I eliminate the need for the switch controlling living room receptacles?

I am new to home improvement, so please be patient with me. I'm sure my ignorance and lack of vocabulary are going to shine through! I'll try to answer any questions and clarify anything to the best ...
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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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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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Connecting a light-switch to turn thermostat on/off? (re: basement heat)

Is it possible to connect a simple light-switch to a thermostat? I'd like to have a thermostat in my basement set to 72 degrees. However, I want it completely turned off most of the time. I was ...
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How can I add a 3-way switch to my light? (confused about existing wiring)

I'm trying to install a 3-way switch for a specific light but I'm not sure how to do the wiring. The existing switch box has quite wires inside: 3x 12-2 1x 12-3 The hots (black) are all tied ...
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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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Wall Outlet with three sets of wires!

have another issue with another outlet in this very improperly done house I just bought. During my slow replacing of all the wall outlets, I came across this new one which has me baffled on how to ...
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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 do I wire a GFCI/Switch Combo?

I'm replacing an old GFCI/Switch combo. In the old one there are two wires coming into the line side, a hot wire and a neutral. On the load side there is one wire leading up to the lighting fixture. ...
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12v Led Wiring Problem [closed]

I have 2 strips of approximately 200 LEDs in each strip. From the power source I run the negative to the negative on each strip and the positive to a switch. From the switch I run to the positive on ...
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How can I replace multiple 3 way switches with motion sensors?

My tenants never turn the lights off in the stairwells of my 3 family house, so I'd like to replace all of the light switches with motion sensors. Here is a crude diagram of how this is set up now. ...
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Light fixture powering other lights / garage door opener?

This is very confusing to me. The situation is like this... there's one light switch in the garage. This switch turns the light inside the garage on and also the lights on the outside of the garage. ...
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Wiring two lights and two switches using a single 14/3

Trying to wire 2 fixtures with power coming in at one of them. Can I run a single 14/3 from powered fixture to 2 gang switches, then branch from the powered fixture to the remote one? Thanks for any ...
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A spark from a power strip recently made the electricity go out is it safe to turn it back on?

About a week ago my daughter plugged up her iPod to a power strip that was plugged into an outlet in her bedroom, she said she placed the iPod onto the power strip and let it sit there while she ...
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Need help wiring a 3-way Honeywell digital timer switch

I recently posted a request for help to wire a Woods 59018 digital timer switch, which I learned was not a three way switch but could be used an override-ON. Unfortunately the directions I followed ...
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Help wiring 1-pole switch + USB in single outlet

I have the two products below and I need them to go in a single gang box that used to be a simple 1-pole switch. Product pages: http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/select/switches/aspd1531w8.aspx http://...
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Seperating bathroom light and exhaust fan on single switch

I have a single switch that turns on both the bathroom light and a separate exhaust fan at the same time. I want to change this to be able to power them on independently via dual rocker or two ...
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4 way switch with only two switches

I just bought a 3-way dimmer switch for the kitchen. There are only two switches that switch the overhead lights. I went to take off one of them to install the dimmer and the switch had 5 wires (2 ...
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Why would three-way switch travelers both show as hot?

We have a three-way switch setup to control our living room light. Our staircase is on the far wall of our living room and one switch is downstairs while the other is at the top of the stairs. The ...
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Ceiling fan & light installation - can't get wiring right

I recently purchased and installed a Quorum 70443-14 fan with light. This model has no pull chains, and is operated by an in-wall "remote" that is hard-wired and not removable. The wall switch (that ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into a non-switched outlet? [duplicate]

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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New ceiling fan installed, lights are blinking when I turn the fan off

I just made settlment on my house on Friday and I just had a Hunter ceiling fan installed with a new controller plate as well. All of the wiring was intact to install the fan, the original owners took ...
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Adding a ceiling fan single switch in a box with 3 way switch in older house

Sometimes I love our house and sometimes I don't..and many times I don't when I am trying to do some electrical because it is not at all straight-forward. House was built in 1943, has older silver ...
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Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle wires on Furnace Pressure Switch makes it work — should I replace Switch?

My Furnace (a Rheem Criterion II Gas Furnace - model RGLH-07EAMGR) has had a problem for a while that we've just been living with but I can finally afford to do something about it. What happens is ...
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Ceiling fan won't work

I accidentally slammed a sock down down the chain switches and the lights just went out. It didn't touch the bulb or anything up the fan. So the sock slid down the chain, more like rubbed, and no ...
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Three-way from two panels

My home used to have a three-way circuit setup to control the upstairs hallway light from downstairs. However the home was built in 1930 and had old knob and tube wiring. The last owners renovated the ...
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Adding a switch to control a basement light

Had an old ceiling light socket in an un-finished basement that had used a pull chain (before it broke). Recently replaced it with a new plain socket, but there is nothing to turn it on and off except ...
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GFCI installation in bathroom switch box doesn't work as expected

My bathroom wall switch controls the old light above the old medicine cabinet but it only has 1 cable with a black and a white wire. I took off the old switch and put the black wire on the hot side of ...
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How to install timer on 3-gang switch

I am a newbie to tackling electrical projects and need some help. Thanks in advance! I am trying to install a Defiant digital timer for my garage flood light. The garage light switch is just inside ...
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Can I put 15 amp switches on 12 gauge wire

We're finishing our basement and doing the electrical ourselves. We have a bathroom that we ran 20 amps to, 12 gauge wire, but we only have a few lights in there. The lights definitely won't be using ...
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Issue with installing 3 way smart switch [duplicate]

I just installed a new 3 way "Smart" switch, which allows you to control your lights automatically with your smart phone via the Wink hub. I have one light switch at the end of a hallway, and another ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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No ground wire connected to the 3-way switch

I am no expert in electrical stuff as i have never done it before. We recently moved into a new house and i don't really like the look of the old switches. I was looking around them and i noticed the ...
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Hot wire splits into two neutrals that take different routes back to panel; is this legit?

I discovered this in the course of replacing an old ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI. I connected a run of lights controlled by three-way switches (two switches) to the load side. Afterwards, as soon ...
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Replacing light switch with dimmer switch… white wire?

On a three gang switch, I'm replacing a single pole light switch with an electronic dimmer and a second single pole light switch with a WeMo switch. The third switch is getting replaced with a ...
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Replacing a single pole switch but discovered 3-way behind faceplate

Please help! I'm replacing a bunch of switches for my home automation project. I got to the exterior flood lights and ran discovered a 3-way switch where I only expected a single pole. I searched ...
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Wiring 3-way switch

I'm currently rewiring my basement and have done all the circuits but one. In an effort to save time/effort/money, I was wondering if it was possible to have a circuit with a 3-way switch that ...