It's my first time doing this kind of work around my house so I just want to confirm my understanding before attempting anything.
I want to replace one of the 3-way switch in a room with a 3-way dimmer switch. I started by shutting off the breaker and removing the faceplate to inspect the wiring of both switches. Here's how it's currently setup:
I checked at the back of the current switches and the common wires look to be the bottom red one for top switch and the bottom black one for the bottom switch.
So my questions are:
- Is it normal that my common wires are not the same color in both switches? My understanding would be yes since one is going the source/panel and the other one to the light.
- Both switches are not hooked to the ground wire. However, both are in metal wall-boxes that look to have a bare copper wire under a screw at the back of the box. So, when hooking up the new dimmer switch, should I screw the ground wire in the back as well or just cap it with a plastic wire connector?
Thank you !