Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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Tried to replace light switch but circuit breaker flipped with new switch, so put old one back and that flips the breaker too??

I'm renovating a bedroom in our house and went to replace the light switch after doing all the electrical outlets. The old light switch was a 2 wire, a black and a brownish colour. On the new switch ...
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Help me identify the components of my switchgear?

I have a basic understanding of what I need to do when the power line goes down, though sometimes different switches pop and would like to understand more of what does what. I have no knowledge in ...
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Wiring a single pole switch next to a 3-way switch

I am doing a kitchen remodel and I would like to wire a new single pole switch to an additional light. See the attached diagram (the new single pole switch is labelled 2 way). This is exactly what ...
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Leads from wall fan control switch are aluminum wire?

My new house in the US has a Harbor Breeze combination fan/light switch with a remote control as seen here (different brand is shown, but it's basically identical). While checking some wiring ...
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Two 3 way switches, only one works

I have 3 way switches at the top and bottom of the stairs operating two cans in the ceiling. For 20 years, they've never worked right. Either switch would turn the lights on or off, like a single ...
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Are there motion light sensors available for multi-gang switches?

I suspect this is not available but I have rooms and bathrooms, all of which are multi-gang. 2 plus switches per plate. Are there slim line automatic switches for these configurations? Kids are ...
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How can I replace a two way switch with a ZW4001 Z Wave enabled light switch?

I am trying to replace a single switch connected to a single light bulb with a Z Wave enabled switch, model ZW4001Z; a link to the manual for the switch is at the bottom. There is a wiring diagram on ...
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3 Way Light Switch Issues

I will try to keep this simple. I have two 3 way switches (one in MB-Room and one in D-Room) that control two exterior porch lights that are on the same patio between these two rooms. Several years ...
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How can I run power from an end-of-run light switch to a second switch?

I currently have a ceiling light that has the power at the light. It is switched with a single pole and both white and black wires are connected to the switch. The white is hot. I take it there is no ...
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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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replacing a light switch i discover too many wires in the wall? 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire?

I tried to replace a dimmer switch with a new one, when i discover too many wires in the wall? I have 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire in the wall now? are these bundles the other outlets being ...
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Light switch with 9 wires

I tried to install a dimmer today in the dining area and found my switch is very over complicated. The switch only controls one ceiling light but has nine wires inside. The 3 white wires are all ...
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Operation of two 3-way occupancy switches

Considering using occupancy switches for my basement. I have not worked with these before but they sound appealing as hands are often full with laundry baskets, etc. There is an existing conventional ...
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Why does my one-way switch have 4 wires?

My bedroom light is controlled by only one switch (as far as I'm aware of...), so I assumed my switch would only have 3 wires (current in, current out, ground). However I opened my switch and I saw 4 ...
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Install one dimmer switch which is one of two regular switches

We're purchasing (5) dimmable LED's for the kitchen and I'm now researching the dimmable switches. The lights are controlled by two switches on opposite sides of the room. Either one can turn off or ...
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Is there a motion sensor light switch that does not need ground?

My house was built in early 1950's and all electrical switches do not have a ground. This was found out with an electrician when I asked them to install Lutron Maestro, but it would not power on since ...
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Furnace reaches temp, shuts off but wont come back on

I have an American Standard furnace (natural gas)with a manufacture date of 2004. The thing won't come on unless I power it off (have a switch right beside it that serves this purpose), let the fan ...
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rewiring a basement light

I have a light switch in my basement that controls three lights how do I make each light come on with its own switch so do I I go from a three way switch to a two way switch on the main switch and ...
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3 way switch mystery

Hoping someone can help me figure out whatever it was was they did. I recently rewired a three way switch be eliminating one switch altogether and using the other as a typical switch. Everything ...
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Light Switch Replacement; 2 black wires, 2 attached white wires?

I'm trying to replacement my bathroom's light switch with a combo switch and outlet. It looks like this: However when I opened up my light box I had two black wires and two white wires. The two ...
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Type of switch?

I have a lamp shaped like a boat that has 2 separate bulbs. Dim bulbs in the cabin and a regular 45w lamp in the sail. The switch rotates to turn on either cabin, lamp, or both in that order. I need ...
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Electrical: Can a neutral wire just be capped?

In redoing my main level I have misplaced my electrical diagram showing what was there before I started (so annoying!). Now I am unsure if my new solution is safe or not. I have seen diagrams which ...
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led bulbs flash when turned on

I have a lamp designed for 6 12v g4 bulbs. I replaced all the bulbs with LED bulbs and the lamp only flashes on when I flip the switch. I replaced one of the LED bulbs with a halogen g4 and the entire ...
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling fan

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a switch that currently turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling fan and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 3 cables coming ...
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling light

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a wall switch that turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling light and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 2 cables coming into ...
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How do I make two wall switches work in coordination, wirelessly?

I remodeled my kitchen and added under cabinet lighting. The under the cabinet lights are controlled by a wall switch on one side of the kitchen. The overhead recessed can lights have a switch on ...
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Is this a valid layout for a stairwell light?

My pair of lights and pair of switches was working in my basement stairwell. I'm redoing the wiring because I added more switches but I can't get the stairwell lights working again. The only thing I ...
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Multiple wall switch wiring issue

I am replacing wall switches and unfortunately did not label the wiring before removing. I also changed 2 outlets that were switched on the bottom and always live on top to always live. Wires 2W ...
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How do I install an insteon light switch where wire colors don't match?

Electrical noob here. I know enough to turn off the breaker. I've read a couple of other answers and want to get a second opinion. I have three wires coming out of the existing switch socket, 2 ...
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tapping power from a 3 way switch to an adjacent 2 way switch

I have a ceiling fixture that is controlled through 2 3-way switches (power comes from the fixture not to one of the switches). in the same room, there is a set of wall light fixtures that are tied ...
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Can a low voltage light switch be located in a closet as opposed to outside the closet?

Okay you guys I have next question. And like all good questions this one begins with a story. I was reading the post about a nick in a wire and read a couple of you mention that light switch in a ...
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Turning light on turns power to fire alarm off

I have a ceiling fan connected to a two way switch. When I turn the ceiling fan/light on, the power to the hard wired smoke detector is cut off, whereas turning the fan/light off returns power to the ...
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Why would a replacement 3-way light switch cause the other switch to no longer work?

I just attempted to replace an existing three way switch (two switches controlling the same light), with one of these I hooked up the cables in the same way as on the old switch. The new switch ...
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What is this electrical junction box? (re: adding 3-way switch)

I'm trying to replace an existing switch (at the top of the basement stairs) with a 3-way switch by adding an additional switch at the bottom of the basement stairs. The existing switch box has 4 ...
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How do I add an electrical switch to a series of lights from an additional doorway? [duplicate]

My basement shop has been fully wired to operate by one power switch. I would like to add another switch to power up the shop by entering from another door.
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Why would the documentation say to wire a pole of the 3-way occupancy switch to ground?

I'm currently wiring up an occupancy sensor to a 3-way switch, I'm leaving one of the mechanical switches in place, and here is the wiring instructions. according to the instructions I need to wire ...
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Repurpose light switch to control surge protector?

I have a lone light switch lying around and thought it would be cool to use this switch to turn on/off a surge protector instead of the smaller switch on the surge protector. Can this be done? The ...
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How do change the wall switch for my ceiling fan from a variable fan/light combination to a single on/off switch?

I used to have a ceiling fan/light combination that was controlled by a wall switch the controlled both the fan speed and dimmed the light. I bought a new fan/light that is controlled by a remote ...
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How can I combine two switches on two circuits on 1 timer switch?

I just purchased my first house (new construction) and I got tired of remembering to switch the outdoor lights on/off every day. So, I got a Honeywell solar econoswitch, which is essentially a timer ...
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Removing light switch but keeping the power

I have a three switch outlet on my living room wall. the leftmost switch was to a can light above the mantel, the middle to the fan portion of the fan and the right to the light portion of the fan. ...
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Occupancy (motion) switch wiring question

I have a single-pole light switch that I want to replace with a motion-detecting occupancy light. It is a Leviton Motion Sensor, # IPS02. When I removed the old switch, I noticed that the switch only ...
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Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?

In my house I have what seems to be a plain two wire + ground flip switch for the garbage disposal. I need to replace the switch because we added backsplash tiling and want to better match the color. ...
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Would this be the correct way to add a timer switch to an existing fan with thermostat?

We have an existing 120V AC exhaust fan wired to simple inline attic fan style thermostat. We would like to add a timer switch so the fan could be manually turned on as needed. Would this be the ...
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Roadblock installing 4-way switch

I've been trying to install a four way switch setup for a ceiling fan using a Leviton z-wave control switch and two matching remotes. I've attached a copy of the wiring as it is currently set up. I'm ...
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How should I fix an electric shower pull cord that doesn't work anymore?

The red light on my pull cord electric shower no longer comes on, hence it doesn't work. However, there was a brief period yesterday where it worked suggesting it's an electric fault and can be fixed? ...
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Random light switch behavior

I have a light switch on my bedroom closet that exhibits erratic behavior: about half the time when the switch is flipped from off to on, the light remains off. Flipping the switch back off and on ...
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How can I replace a single pole light switch with Z-Wave light switch?

I'm trying to replace a single-pole switch with a z-wave switch. I'm new to electrical stuff, I understand a little of the terminology just from reading the black & decker wiring book. I turned ...
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How do I find out the correct pre-charge air pressure for my captive air water tank?

I have a Sears captive air water tank (model No. 390.29171) that stores water pumped from the well. When we took possession of the house, there was no water in the tank or lines, the water pressure ...
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Trying to understand why a light would be wired this way?

Just moved in to an older home with fiancé and WAS planning to change out a light fixture with a new ceiling fan. However after turning off light switch and breaker and proceeding to remove light ...
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Trying to Replace 3-Way Light Switch

I'm aware that the WeMo light switch does not work as a 3-way switch, but I had purchased it before opening up the existing light switch plate and understanding the wiring I would work with. Anyway, ...