can someone tell me why the switch circled in red is tripping the breaker? I was swapping them around. The other two seem to work fine. The far left is a fan timer (works), the middle is a simple switch (works), and the far right is a dimmer switch (not working).




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    Unless that's a switch loop (power goes to the ceiling fixture then comes down to the switch), you should not have hot and neutral on the switch. It does look like there's a black line on that white wire, so maybe that's what it's indicating. Of course, who knows what's going on behind the box - the sheathing for that cable should run into the box, not be cut off behind it.
    – FreeMan
    Mar 10 at 17:59
  • Are you sure the polarity is correct (- to -, and + to +), and the loop is correct and complete? Can you add grounding?
    – r13
    Mar 10 at 18:00
  • Hi @r13, the ground it attached to the box, may be hard to see. But what do you recommend to do to prevent it from tripping? It happens immediately as soon as I flip it back down.
    – Zach
    Mar 10 at 18:03
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    ..... the box the light is attached to, not the switch.. W want to clarify how those wire from the switch are hooked up to the light.
    – JACK
    Mar 10 at 19:03
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    Can you post photos of the inside of the box the light is attached to? Mar 10 at 23:44

I’m sorry for wasting everyone’s time. I made a complete mistake and I appreciate everyone’s suggestions. But after troubleshooting more I had an epiphany. The day before this started I did work on another switch that was on the same circuit and one wire came off and happened to touch the other. I reattached the one that came off and problem solved. Had nothing to do with anything in this box, but another.

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