Today, I wanted to replace a dimmer with a normal switch for my dining room lights. When I pulled the dimmer out of the wall, all 3 wires just fell right off of their connections. I'm surprised the house didn't burn down years ago...
Anyways, whoever installed this did a terrible job and I'm now left with 9 wires sticking out of the wall.
- 3 white wires bound together
- 3 ground/copper wires bound together and connected to the dimmer's green wire with a metal "staple"
- 3 black wires in which I do not know where they go.
I removed the wire nut off of the white wires so I was able to see which direction they are going. 2 white wires coming from the left, 1 white wire to the right, same with the black wires.
Now, I've been trying to read up on which wires go where, but I'm stumped at this point. I know I will have to wire nut all of the white wires together, and of course run the green to the switch ground.
Where do the wires go? Do I need to use a 3 way switch even though I only have a single switch to control a single light at this point?