enter image description hereI am installing an 8 piece track light in my den. Previously, there was no ceiling fixture, but there was a wall receptacle that was powered by a switch by the front door (This plate had two switches, one for the front porch light and one for the receptacle). I went into the attic, found the wire that led to the receptacle spliced a wire running to my new ceiling fixture and one back out - reconnecting to the old receptacle. My thoughts were it would run from switch-> ceiling-> wall receptacle. Now to the switch box; the house was built in the 40s and there are 3 old cloth wires running to the box. The one in the middle seems to be the power source as it has its white wire bundled with the other two white wires; while the black wire ran from the old switch on the right to the old one on the left with another black wire connected on the far left of the second switch.

In the beginning, the Dimmer switch I installed operated the wall outlet and i could dim a lamp but not turn off the ceiling. After mucking about with it for a few hours the wall outlet no longer works, the ceiling fixture won't turn off or dim, and the front porch light works perfectly. Any suggestions? drawing of switch housing

  • Can you post photos of the boxes involved? – ThreePhaseEel Sep 20 '16 at 2:26
  • edited to show box – John C Sep 20 '16 at 2:54
  • Maybe fried the dimmer? swap it out with a regular switch and see if it does what it needs. I have wire dimmers while the power was on and trashed them. – Jack Sep 20 '16 at 4:17
  • I'm going to try one more thing before that, but thank you for the advice. There are no fry points on the outside, but I did smoke it up on one of my wiring trys – John C Sep 21 '16 at 16:05

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