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For questions about switches, i.e. electrical devices used to manually open and close an electric circuit on a routine basis.

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Grounding my 4 gang metal electrical box

I have a 4 gang metal electrical box with a receptacle, a fan switch, a light switch and a timer for a towel warmer. The honeywell timer does not require to be grounded. For the receptacle i would ...
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Why douuble pole switch must be used for water heater?

I read from some notes stating that 1 way double-pole switch must be used for fixed heating appliance where heating element can be touched. What is the rational behind that?
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Replacing Light Fixture with Extra White Wire

So I took off a broken chandelier and wanted to replace with a simple flush ceiling light. When doing so, I found two black and two white connected properly, but found a lone white wire that was ...
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wiring 4 gang light switch

I bought a Wifi enabled light switch to smarten up my living room but i cant figure out how to wire it. Here is the back of the original switch: And here are the wires from the socket: Finally here ...
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What Kind of Outlet Allows 1 In-Wall Light Switch w 2 Outlets to Control 2 Sconces w Semi-Independent On/Off Buttons & Outlets on Each?

I have a bathroom light switch with two outlets and one light switch. The switch turns on/off two wall-mounted sconces. Both sconces have their own on/off buttons and an outlet. The buttons on the ...
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How to identify which wire is associated with switch?

I have two ceiling boxes in my kitchen, when I moved in one was already hooked up to a light and a switch. When I opened up the second box I saw 4 cables in the box, all of which passed though box ...
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Lighting neutral

Can anyone explain about lighting neutral wires (blue)? I have a 3year old house, which has blue wires in the back boxes. I am assuming that this is the neutral. On my current 1 gang 2 way switch ...
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Wifi Light Switch won't fit in my electrical box

I am fitting wifi light switches. My back boxes are square metal, but the dimmer switches are all round euro style. Is there a way to utilise these without repairing the wall. Perhaps a converter ...
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Odd light switch

Our (former) painter painted over all of our outlets and switches and so I am swapping them out. All was going well until I came across an odd light switch that is puzzling. First off, it is for a ...
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Can I ignore the neutral wire in a switch box?

I'm replacing a smart light switch with a regular rocker switch. It looks like the previous owners had a neutral wire pulled down for the smart switch, making a total of 2 black wires, 1 white (...
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Help with bathroom timer and light switch install

I’m fairly new to doing my own electrical so be gentle if this is a simple question. I’m trying to install a fan button timer along with a new rocker switch for my bathroom. In the image below the ...
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Had light/fan on single switch. Want 2 single switches, one controls light, one fan

I put in double gang box, second switch, ran second cable from light switch to ceiling. So there are two identical cables from switch to fixture. The existing switch had power in to it. So i need to ...
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Combine wireless and manual 3-way light switch

I want to combine a wireless 3-way switch with a manual 3-way switch, and want my server at home to know when my light is on or off (this is the tricky part). And when I say wireless 3-way switch, I ...
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Electric shock at light switch

USA. House built in 1934. Older circuits have no ground. An older circuit was extended by unknown persons with new wire(with ground) to two ceiling lights and a switch. The switch gives a shock. ...
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Light switch for multiple fixtures feels warm after a while

I have a light switch that handles 4 chandeliers (3 60 watts bulbs) and two ceiling fans. If switch is on for awhile it is warm to the touch. Should I install a heavier switch?
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Please help me complete this wiring!

Will you help me connect the remaining wires together so that the switches work correctly? You can add extra wire if needed. The important thing is to keep the switches the way they are. In this ...
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How do I wire this light switch?

In particular I don’t know what to think of the gray wire. Most resources online suggest gray is neutral. If I treat gray as black I would go black to black, grey to red, red to red/white, green to ...
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Is there a way to use timer switchers and dimmers that were designed for incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs?

I have an older light timer that controls my porch light. It draws a small amount of current to keep running by feeding a small amount of current through the bulb all the time. In the days of ...
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Can someone tell me what/how there are 4 wires on one switch and if they're necessary?

So I'm swapping out this old switch for a new decorative paddle one and found that it has four wires attached. Two black attached to the bottom right, one black to top right, and one red on the top ...
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Can a smart switch work as a conventional switch?

Sorry for a silly question but I am very limited in my electrical knowledge. We have recently moved into a new house in Australia equipped with a control system for the lighting and heating. All the ...
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Ceiling Fan/Wiring Issue

Alright folks - here's my issue. My house has a ceiling fan that worked for a bit when we moved in...then stopped. I assumed the fan itself (a cheaper contractor model) just went bad. I went and ...
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3 way switch to 4 lights rewiring to 15 LEDs

Have a basement with 4 beams that had 2 lights in bay 2 and 2 lights in bay 4. Dropping ceiling and want 3 LED lights in each bay. Can I run 3 new 12/2 wires to bays 1,3,5 which will be spliced to the ...
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How to replace pull-switch on ceiling light?

The pull chain broke off the switch in my closet ceiling light. I bought a replacement switch, and was going to replace it, but the lead connected to the light fixture appears to be riveted to the ...
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Sonoff switch with override wall switch

I have a fan, a light and two sonoff basic devices to control them. As sonoff can only work with internet, I thought it would be a good idea to be able to fully override the controls with separate ...
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New light switch causing other switches to not work

I'm by no means a professional but I've switched out plugs before (we wanted white instead of almond) so I thought installing a new zwave light switch would be the same. I installed it fine, the ...
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Does a ceiling fan have to have a wall switch

I have a three gang wall plate with switches. One switch controls a receptacle in the living room, for a lamp. There is no room to add a fourth switch to control a ceiling fan. I'd like to add a ...
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Light switch not working; both outlets are always hot

I have a single pole light switch with a hot red wire secured at the top and a hot black wire at the bottom. I then have a handful of outlets wired with the metal tab broken separating the hot red ...
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3 way switch doesn't work with ceiling fan

This is my 3-way switch arrangement with a ceiling fan+light in my living room. The 3-way switches do not turn on/off the ceiling fan at all. The switches themselves seems fine, and there is 120 ...
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Functions of 3 position toggle switch on central vac with power head

I am trying to find out what should happen when each of the three positions of the rocker toggle switch are selected on my central so called "gas pump" handle of my central vacuum unit equipped with a ...
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How to wire switch to ceiling fan

The picture is how the wires are arranged in the ceiling and on the wall switch. My ceiling fan currently works by pulling the chain on it directly, but the wall switch doesn't work under any ...
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Can I splice the common wire of two different circuits in the same junction?

I have a single 4way run that shares a 2 gang box with another circuit. Both circuits run off of the same sub-panel. Is phase an issue here? I can't seem to find anything that indicates whether or ...
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Switching from dimmer to single pole, how would I do this?

I haven't seen something like this before and was wondering if anyone had any idea how I would switch something like this to a single pole light switch.
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Install Smart Switch - Neutral wire from adjacent switch?

There are two switches that are side by side. The one I'm replacing with a Smart switch does not have a neutral. The adjacent switch is a 3-way switch and it does have a neutral. Can I share the ...
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Can I remove individual conductors from a 12/2 cable to act as jumper wires for a switch?

I need small extra wiring to extend from the switch box to the switch. Can I just strip the wires from the 12/2 to do this? Is this against any regulations?
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Replacing 2 pole switch with 2 single pole switches to control a fan/light separately

I have a switch (Double pole / One throw) that controls the ceiling fan and light in my master bathroom (B1). I'm considering to replace it with two single switches, so I don't need to turn the light ...
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Calculate conductors for box fill

I have a 5 gang switch box I'm trying to calculate how many "conductors" I can have in it. Basically my main question is, do wires that originate and terminate inside the box count as +1 each (wires ...
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Smart switch wiring with no neutral

Long time reader, first time poster. Working on updates for our new house and I bought a few lutron caseta switches the other day to wire up in our front entryway. I went with the PD-6ans which ...
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adding light switch to an existing circuit

I am converting a sitting area off our master bedroom into a walk-in closet, which requires me to add two separate switches (one for ceiling lights, one for a pair of wall sconces). The previous set-...
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how specific must rocker switch specs be?

My son has this little car he drives around and the reverse direction stopped working. I took it apart, did some hard-wiring tests and found that the switch was failing (both gear work if I hard-wire ...
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Simple switch wiring

Apologies if this is a stupid question, but I can't figure out a simple wiring setup. I have two simple switches controlling two separate lights, all on the same circuit, all in one electrical box. ...
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Indicator with two-way switch

We have a two way switch for an exhaust fan. The fan is out of sight from the switches. So, the problem we face is we have no clue if the fan is on or off looking at the switch. I tried to see if ...
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How to Wire Fantech FR100 in-line exhaust, venting two bathrooms with Two TopGreener TDHOS5 Humidity Motion Sensor switches

Fantech FR100 requires Neutral & Load. That's easy enough, and the multi-switch diagram shows just a black from each switch... TopGreener TDHOS5 requires Neutral & Load. There are separate ...
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Need an extension cord with lever or magnetic switch

I'd like to put an appliance in a tall pull out drawer in pantry. Ideally I want it wired so that it only receives power if the drawer is pulled out - once the drawer is pushed in, power is cut to ...
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Whole house fan timer issue

Our whole house fan timer counts down as it should but when it nears the 'off' position, it stops there and never shuts off. Is this likely an issue with just the switch itself (eg I just have to ...
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Three-way switch puzzle

I have an outdoor light controlled by a pair of 3-way switches, A and B. The switch B is much closer to the light. Here are the behaviors I observe. During the day: A: Up B: Up or Down Light:...
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Multi gang switch boxes - Is it okay to keep the same branch neutrals separated for the different lighting/switching circuits?

I recently learned from this community about the importance of keeping currents balanced in each cable. In other words, current in one direction should be canceled by the same amount of current ...
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garage breaker keeps tripping

I tried to upload a pic but the it says the size is too large🤨 So my breaker tripped the other day when I plugged in a set of lights. I unplugged them reset the breaker and the switch/plug combo I ...
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Installing recessed lighting using a switch that used to power on/off a duplex outlet

So I have a duplex outlet that is powered on/off (both receptables) by the living room switch. The outlet is only connected to one white and one black wire, so I'm assuming the electricity ends there. ...
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Replacing regular switch with ceiling fan switch

looking to replace a regular switch with a ceiling fan switch which has separate dimmers for the fan and light. Allegedly this was wired to be able to do this. The old switch has a red wire, a black ...
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LED light stays on even when float switch is OFF

I have a horizontal float switch that turns a red LED light on when the water is too low. My equipment is: Float switch Plug LED light My wiring is: (220v) <= Plug (wire1) <------------------...