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Light switch wiring help [closed]

The dimmer switch in our bathroom was replaced about a month ago. Recently the breaker just started popping. I'm not too sure if the wiring is right or what is going on. Any information on what I ...
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Smart light switch wiring

I'm replacing a light switch with a smart switch and after some reading here I think I have things straight but wanted to get a second opinion before starting in on it. There are 2 decora switches in ...
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Rewire light switch and socket with multiple wires in same connector

I'm changing my switches and sockets at an apartment I bought, but I have serious problems with the way they are currently wired. Let me give you two examples: 1 way, 4 gang switch wired as: 1 hot ...
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How can I connect 4 wires to this light switch?

I'm trying to change the Bathroom light switch. (It is a single switch) Both the light and the extractor are connected to this switch. I have now purchased a new switch that looks like this: How can ...
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How should this fan and light be wired correctly?

I need to replace a combination switch because I don't think it's wired safely and I think the variable speed control killed the current ceiling fan. The light is a three way switch - a second switch ...
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What to plug an adobe P2-911 into for power to swamp cooler motor [closed]

What can be used as a control unit for the motor with the Adobe P2-911 plug that can also accommodate the pump, which has a regular plug?
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Help me understand my 3-way light switch installation

I'm trying to automate light switches, but struggling to understand the way my switches were installed. Electric eng. is obviously not my field, but I've researched 3-way switches, so I have a basic ...
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Transfer switch "inline" to well pump as opposed to vicinity of breaker panel

I'm looking to install a generator transfer switch to power the well pump as needed. The question I have comes in due to an unorthodox setup - the breaker for the well pump is in the main panel in the ...
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Running two dryers same circuit, controlled by switch [duplicate]

I have two dryers side by side in my basement, one is for a dog washing business. One is for my clothes. I don't need both running ever at the same time so I currently just unplug and plug in ...
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Why does the rest of the circuit go off when my new light switch is on?

I have one outlet, three lights and three switches in one circuit. One switch is Dalia rcl-153pnl dimmer. The problem is when the light with dimmer on, others outlets and lights go off. I attached two ...
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Three Way Switch Receptacle Combo

I currently have a 3 way switch controlling a single light. What I was hoping to accomplish, was replace one of the switches with a switch receptacle combo. Switch1 = image 1, left as is Switch2 = ...
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not sure why this ground wire keeps tripping the breaker

I'm putting in a new switched ceiling outlet in a garage for ceiling shop lights. I want to have a 2-way switch to allow control from either side of the garage. For some reason the breaker trips if I ...
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Is this wiring of the neutral correct?

I want to change that old switch for a new one. I add both pictures. I am surprised the neutral is connected to the switch and not to the neutral bundle. In the new one, I dont see space for those ...
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smart switch wiring with no neutral, but the switch is giving me issues

So I have a smart switch I wanted to pop in to my house. 3 gang. I do not have neutral at the switch, so i put a capacitor over live and neutral (that was supplied with the switch) at the first light. ...
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Bonaire Durango Window Evaporative Swamp Cooler 4500E (2022) High speed only works. Last year all ok--Low, Med and High. Capacitor? Easy to replace?

Bonaire Durango Window Cooler 4500E (2022) High is only working speed, Last year was fine-Low, Medium and High. Capacitor? Easy to replace yourself? I just cleaned it and removed control knob when I ...
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Can you identify/explain the wiring in my bathroom based on this diagram?

I'm in USA. I'm changing an old bathroom light/exhaust fan out. The image below is of the ceiling, and the connection to the light/fan. Image of how switch is wired. Not of actual switch Cables/...
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How to hook up electrical wiring to a heat pump and safety switch to pool pump

My heat pump is 240V on a 30 Amp GFI breaker the pool pump is 120V 30 Amp GFI. What size wire do you use for the safety switch?
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How do I add a 2nd light to an existing 3 way switch circuit

I want to add a 2nd light to an existing 3 way switch circuit which has the light in the middle of the run. I do not have access to the 1st switch which is connected to the power source. Connecting to ...
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Replacing old light switch (not a professional)

To preface, I have little to no experience with electrical work and terminology, with the only thing I've done is replacing a broken ceiling light receptacle. We have a really old house, and one of ...
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Why is my voltage tester beeping only when the lights are off?

I am trying to figure out what's going on in the junction box from a bedroom in my home. A part of this involves using my tester to see if any wires/components react to having certain things turned on/...
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Suddenly no AC power to wall switch

Got a led can light over shower that suddenly stopped working. No AC to the feed wires of the can. No AC to the wall switch that controls the light. Both black wires connected to the switch are not ...
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Disabling Switched Outlet at the Switch

I currently have a 3-switch box (as a single unit) that controls fan, fan light, and one switched outlet, but want to disable to switched outlet and leave the other two functional. The switch seems to ...
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Disengage microwave door switch from connector

I'm in the process of replacing my Whirlpool microwave's door faulty switch but unable to remove the connectors to install the new switch. I'm afraid I'll damage the wiring if I apply too much force. ...
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Why does only one of my three-way switches work suddenly?

I have two toggle wall switches at opposite room ends that control a ceiling light fixture. Only one switch (main) now works for off and on of fixture, the other will only turn fixture off not on. ...
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I am changing a light switch and need your help

Ok I am trying to install a Wifi switch 2 on 1 that I bought. If you see in picture 1 . The switch has 4 cables. A hot, a red one, and two load ones that goes to a light in the garage and by the ...
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Old wiring into new light switch

I'm trying to replace an old light switch. I was thinking that I'd have to pigtail all the neutrals and all the hot and the grounds but that caused an arc so I'm not sure how to go about wiring these ...
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Installing a smart switch: weird wiring at my current one

I have recently bought a house and doing some renovations. I am planning to change my switches to smart switches. To check if possible (neutral wire etc), I bought one and tried to wire it to one of ...
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Can a switch be downstream?

Whenever I go looking for diagrams, instructions, videos, or other guidance on wiring electrical switches I always see the switch be upstream of the thing that's being switched on and off. Is there a ...
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Replacing light switch problem

I am trying to replace a lightswitch and have run into a problem that I hope someone can help me with. When I took the old switch off, whoever built this house, (we bought it new in 1986) wired the ...
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Proper Connections for a Light Switch

I had an electrician out this weekend and he replaced 3 light switches. I just opened two of them to check and I noticed that none of the wires are wrapped around the two gold screws or the green ...
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What requirements are needed to replace an attic fan control switch?

I have an emerson high speed fan switch in one of our houses. It is just a a knob that controls the fan speed. I would like to replace it with a different color one and one that includes a timer....
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Dynamically switching modes -- pair of 3-way switches controlling pair of lights vs. individual control of each light from nearest switch

I want to add a switch to an existing lighting circuit to toggle the function of the circuit. Currently, I have a 'standard' 3-way lighting circuit with two switches at opposite ends of a space, ...
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Replacing a fan switch with 3 black wires with a smart switch

I have a switch which has a switched hot and an unswitched hot wire (wire attached to the backstab) going through it. I want to replace it with a tp-link Kasa smart switch. I tried attaching both the ...
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What should I do with old switch wires?

I am redoing all my electric (some details here: Is my new electric/subpanel plan correct?) - all of the cables currently in the house will be eventually disconnected, but (due to staples in hard-to-...
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How do I wire two 3-way switches when only a single 14/3 cable is going into each box?

I'm trying to switch out my 2 Insteon 3-way smart switches (Insteon 2477S) with a pair of 3-way dimmer switches. The 2 insteon switches were working fine, and are wired up in each box using a single ...
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Wiring up a switch with only one wire

So I only have one wire in my switch box and it’s going up to the light. I can only grab my power from the ceiling but I don’t want to fight inside of a plaster wall to get a wire back down. Is there ...
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Wiring to ceiling fan/light

I recently purchased an older home. In the living room, it has a ceiling fan with light kit. It has a single pole switch (no ground) controlling the power to the fan/light. I'm replacing the switch ...
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Why are my new switches operating in reverse?

I was replacing three old switches with two new switches a timer. The prior owner's install was as follows: White wires all bundled One black wire (hot) running across all three switches The ...
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3 sets of wire in a switch box [closed]

I'm replacing a switch in my room, the old 2 way switch had all 3 blacks in the switch and the grounds bundled up and the whites bundled together I bought a 3 way switch I guess not knowing what I ...
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My Room Light Switch doesn't seem to be grounded, while everything else is

I pulled the cover off of my light switches in my room, and found that the ground screw had no wire connected to it, the switch is in a metal box, and the wires are fed through the holes in the back. ...
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Best way to hog out material for a doorway jamb switch’s electrical box?

I keep splitting the thin wood of the jamb itself when trying to use a chisel because when the needed hole size is correctly cut, the remaining amount of material is like razor thin (<1/4”). I have ...
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How can I reorder switches in a 4 switch box?

I have a 4 switch box that I would like to change the order of. Imagine left to right the switches are in order: ABCD. I'd like them in order: DABC. When I've worked on a box with multiple switches ...
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Ground wire not connected to light switch

I'm replacing my 3 way light switch and noticed that there is no ground screw on the existing light switch and the bare ground wire is just tucked in the back of the plastic switch box. My new switch ...
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Three way switches - 2 wire - one side dependent on the other

I am replacing old switches & outlets in my 1970's home and encountered an issue with this 3 way switch. One side only works if the other is on. Both sides are only 2 wire with the white wire ...
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Which switch in a 3-gang box should control the stairway lights?

At the bottom of my (unfinished) basement stairs, there are three switches in a three-gang box: one is a 3-way switch controlling the stairway lights, the other two are for different lighting zones in ...
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Trouble in rewiring a 4-way after removing transformer that was connected to the middle box

Previously, I had a low-voltage single light fixture controlled by three switches. However, I recently replaced it with a regular fixture, eliminating the need for the transformer. Unfortunately, I ...
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Single pole switch at the end of a three way switch

I have a pair of 3-way switches in the basement, the switch furthest from the power source is by a walkout door. There is a light outside the door which uses a switch that connects to the 3-way ...
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Will a continuity tester or ohm test work to test if a 3-way dimmer switch is faulty?

I bought a Lutron TGCL-153PH-WH 3-way dimmer switch, and I have been having trouble with my three-way wiring. I decided to see if my 3-way switch was faulty, and I conducted an ohm test with my multi-...
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New switch ports to be correctly identified as Common (Red) and Neutral

Need to identify the correct porst for Common (Red) and Neutral (Black) on new switch backplane. I have indicated as "1" where the Common --Red wire should connect. The word Loop is between ...
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Can I add a switch to a multi-outlet GFCI circuit to effectively segregate some outlets?

I have 8 outlets on a single 20A GFCI circuit. 5 outlets in the garage and 3 outlets outside to the patio. First outlet from the box is 20A GFCI. 2nd outlet in the series branches to power the 3 on ...
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