I’m in the middle of a diy kitchen remodel on an older home. In the beginning of the remodel I had some cabinetry fall and break a double light switch. One switch controlled a light above the sink. The other switch controlled an outlet below the sink for the garbage disposal. The 2nd outlet was always on and used for the dishwasher. I’m trying to install a new switch and think I got my wires mixed up. There are three black wires and one red wire. I attached them the same way they had been (or so I thought). Red wire on black screw top left, and the black wires on the other black screw and two brass screws. Now one outlet works when one of the switches is turned on. The other outlet has no power, and the other outlet doesn’t send power to light. Currently there is no light installed, just wires. But I don’t get any reading from my voltage detector. From what I’ve read, the black and red wire that are paired together should be connected to the brass screws. They both go to the outlet below the sink. I tried connecting them like that, on the brass screws and was the same outcome. The brass clip connecting the black wires has been broken. I figured I’d try asking online before calling an electrician.

Thank you.

  • 2
    Can you provide a few pictures of the switch box and outlet box?
    – JACK
    Aug 13, 2023 at 19:15

1 Answer 1


I figured it out. Tried a new switch without breaking the brass tab connecting the black screws and it works perfectly.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.