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The sockets I've been using for the last 15 years have standard screw connection, holes behind that location where the screw pulls a plate against straight stripped wires and the push-in holes. After you've encountered a few burnt sockets from using the push-in connection in the first couple outlets in a daisy chain, you start to realize something. The ...


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You've probably connected one of the 2 power wires to the incorrect traveler terminal on the switch. This switch can be used as both a standard two-way switch as well as a three-way switch. (A three-way switch is used when there are 2 switches controlling the same device.) In standard two-way arrangement, one of the power wires should be attached to the ...


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It's not that we are afraid of anything. It's that it makes poor business sense to use such a failure prone connection. Thing is, they are just unreliable. It's not that they are unsafe.


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They DO pass current through the switch and light at all times - just a few mA. The indicator is wired in parallel to the switch contacts. For most types of bulbs its not enough for the light to turn on. However with modern LED light bulbs these types of switches (as well as dimmers, and home automation switches) that dont use the neutral can cause the ...


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Yes, unreliable devices are allowed by electrical codes. Further than that, unreliable devices are sometimes MANDATED by the electrical codes: AFCI circuit breakers, for instance. The fact that the manufacturers of these devices have a great deal of influence in the bodies that create the codes may explain this situation.


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You could leave the switch as-is but then install one of various types of switch guards to prevent accidental switch setting changes. Here are a few examples...


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"Ultimately, my question is, shouldn't all switches and outlets have a dedicated line back to the breaker box?" By modern wiring code, yes, there should be a neutral in the switch box. In older houses, that was not always the case; sometimes only the hot ran through the switchbox (especially when it was wired as a "switch loop").


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If the switch has screw terminals as opposed to wire leads you DO have to pig-tail a piece of wire to the splice and then connect that tail to the switch. DO NOT place more than one wire under a binding screw terminal, unless of course it is designed for it. Even in that case it would only be designed for up to two wires. Do you have a model number for this ...


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The switched circuit, and the USB outlet, hook up in parallel. REVISED DIAGRAM, after figuring out that the mention of three-way switch was a red herring: FROM POWER SOURCE: SWITCH TO CONTROLLED LOAD HOT __________________./ .__________________________________ Switched Hot | | ...


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Have you verified that the hot is actually hot? Not to insult, but verify that the hot and neutral are identified and connected correctly. Use meter to go from hot to ground and verify voltage and neutral to ground to verify no voltage.


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Device 6.66 x 3.30 cm Hole in trim plate 6.68 x 3.32 cm 2 mm ( 0.20 cm) radius on the corners.


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Look at the other switch; there should be 1 coming in; a black live, and 2 travelers black and red or black and labeled black coming out. The neutral will just be pigtailed. If there is just a single switched live going out then you will need to run an extra wire to the other switch. To make a single switch into 2 you need an extra traveler (switched live) ...


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1) Not necessarily; depends on local codes. NYC code circa 2008 required it, and as a result I have one. 2c) 'It is fine as it is'. You can put some tape over the switch to discourage people from whacking it in the dark if you need to, and you can change the faceplate to indicate that it is now a 'Gas Burner Emergency Shutdown Switch'


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If you want a single control to do this, look at multi-position rotary or slide switches. It's fairly common to have a switch that connects a common to two outputs (let's call them A and B) and gives you the choices off, A only, A and B, or B only. Variants which drop one of those options are also readily available. Switches of this sort are often seen in ...



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