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I'm looking to install a Leviton Decora smart dimmer, 2nd gen to replace a switch in my master bedroom. I unscrewed my current switch from the wall and found the following set up - 3 black wires, 2 white wire. Two of the black wires are screwed together with a wire connected to the switch. The other black wire is connected to another part of the switch. The white wires aren't connected to the switch, just to each other as a pass through.

On the new switch, I need to connect to line and load connections, a neutral connection and a ground connection.

From other posts it looks as though I can rely on the metal of the outlet to ground my switch given there's no ground wire.

What should I look to do with the other wires? I have a voltage tester being delivered in a couple of days too.

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  • Looks like switch controls two fixtures.
    – user263983
    Oct 5 at 0:38
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    @user263983 More likely one device, but hot power also goes to another device.
    – crip659
    Oct 5 at 0:43
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    @ElFik Do not assume the metal box is grounded. To be grounded, there must be a ground wire or metal conduit attached to the box that goes to a known ground(usually the panel).
    – crip659
    Oct 5 at 0:47
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    @user263983 What is supposed to be and what is can be two different things. Assuming can kill.
    – crip659
    Oct 5 at 1:09
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    @crip659 We are guessing but OP may check it and get solid knowledge. Metal connector with nut should be inside the box. Just take a look.
    – user263983
    Oct 6 at 10:48
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Check for sure which wire is power comes. Looks like one with pigtail. Connect what pigtail to power terminal of dimmer. White wire, make pigtail and connect to neutral of dimmer. Single black wire to load terminal. Where is no ground wire in box, considerably the conduit is metal tubing. So the box is ground, use the screw inside.

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  • Should I attach the ground wire from the switch to the metal box, or is it OK to rely on the screws to ground the switch for me?
    – ElFik
    Oct 6 at 8:19
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    I do not understand what you mean by rely, but consider the screw on the box as ground if it is metal tube comes into box.
    – user263983
    Oct 6 at 10:45
  • I've come back to this project after a vacation. Have confirmed that the metal box is ground. How do I securely attach the ground wire of the switch to the metal box? Tape with electrical tape?
    – ElFik
    Nov 8 at 4:30

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