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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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Does house wiring induce voltage across parallel wires? [closed]

I wanted to ask a theoretical question. Can someone please explain me how wires connected together in a house circuit do not flow electricity due to induction, as one of the wires is live (the wire ...
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Range hood lights on same switch as under cabinet lights?

We’re planning a kitchen redo, and we’d like to have the lights on the range hood be controlled by the same wall switch that controls the under cabinet lights. We want a standard 36” stainless steel ...
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Outlets not going off with switch

So mother in law wants white outlets/switches/plates. (she has old almond colored ones) So I get to two outlets in her bedroom....one red, one white and one black in. Take out the old outlet, put ...
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3 way switch has only 1 traveller wire

I am trying to replace the old switches in my 3 way switch setup. The old switches are Jasco ZW4005 smart switch Jasco ZW2004 addon switch. I replaced switch 1 which had 2 travelers, 1 common/ load ...
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2 black wires, 1 hot and a red wire. Pigtail in outlet

I changed out an outdoor light and went to hook up the other one, but the new one didn’t come on when I wired the outside black and white wire. The inside outlet has 2 black wires ( 1 hot ) and a red ...
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Why does this wire in my ceiling fan switch lead to my light switch?

I'm having trouble figuring out which wires are which for my 3 wire light dimmer set up for my ceiling fan's light bulb. What is the wire on the bottom screw of the switch pictured? That's the ceiling ...
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Wiring smart switch

I have two separate lights in my room with two switches in the same box and am upgrading to two smart switches. The switches I bought have a neutral and I don't seem to see them in the box. Can anyone ...
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Is this asbestos wiring insulation? [duplicate]

I just found this wire while changing the light switches at a house I bought (built in 1960). The long "fiber" on the left looks awfully suspicious, is this asbestos? Thanks
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How to connect exhaust fan switch to bathroom light switch?

How to connect the exhaust fan switch to the light switch? I have opened the exhaust fan before, there are: 2 permanent live wires 1 blue wire connected to neutral 1 black wire connected to switched ...
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Ceiling Fan with 2 switches 12/2, power on switch

I'm trying to salvage a mess made by someone else. They've got two switches, one for fan, one for light. Power is coming in at the switches. They have a separate 12/2 for each switch is run to the ...
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Hard wire ceiling fan

I am installing ceiling fans with remotes but I would prefer a hard wired wall switch. I purchased a wall switch but it came with a remote receiver and is essentially a wall-installed remote and I don'...
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Replacing 3-way Light Switch Confusion

I am trying to replace a switch that stop turning off the lights in basement (controls 6 lights). It seems to be a 3-way switch so I bought a new one that supports 3-way but then I got confused by ...
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Can power switch type be incompatible with controlled unit?

Soon after I replaced my plain vanilla (most regular lever) switch with this old-fashioned looking push button switch to control my ceiling fan, the fan broke. Could it be that there is something ...
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Wiring light switch with 9 wires

I am trying to install a single pole rocker switch in a bedroom. It has 3 sets of wires coming out. One each with a black, white and copper ground. I put all 3 black on the top pole, all 3 white on ...
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Girlfriend changed light switches, lights flashed and now the lights won't turn on

Okay, so pretty simple. She replaced two 3 way switches and a 4 way switch. The switch was flipped and the lights turned on and then went out immediately and now won't come back on (there was a ...
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Installed new Leviton DW15S light Switch. light turns on, but does not turn off

i installed a new Leviton DW15S light switch. the lights turn on, but they do not turn off at all. whether i push the switch button to On or Off, the lights stay ON. i must have connected the wires ...
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3-way switch wiring for home built in 1975

I am a bit confused by the wiring of the 3-way switches in my mid-1970s home. Upstairs I have a two-gang box where the right switch has a white traveler atop a red traveler. Both are wired to bronze ...
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Replacing a combination switch to two separate switches (1. Simple light switch and 1 smart switch)

I have an outdoor light that I would like to control with a smart switch and a hallway light that can be a simple switch. Previously, the two were controlled by a non-smart combination switch; I would ...
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Alternatives to running a single Neutral wire?

I have a switch box with two switches. I'd like to replace one of them - a single-way switch controlling a light in the hallway (which is controlled by no other switches) - with a smart switch. The ...
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Issue adding separate single pole dimmer switch next to existing 3 way connection

As the title suggests, I’m having an issue when attempting to add a single pole dimmer switch (one of these guys: https://www.lutron.com/TechnicalDocumentLibrary/0301882.pdf) next to an existing 3-way ...
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2 gang 2 way switch button on and off are reverse

I have a 2 gang 2 way switch for 2 lights (corridor light and bathroom light). COM1, LA1 and LA2 is for switch 1 (Bulb 1). COM2, LB1 and LB2 is for switch 2 (Bulb 2). Remark: Those yellow cable are ...
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How can I identify my switch wiring for a smart switch?

I have a light that is controlled with 2 switches. I want to control it with a smart switch, so I bought a "3-Way" smart switch, since that's what the online guide said to get. The switch I ...
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Adding a light switch

How do I add a light switch from the light, it never had one? Can I pigtail the wires from the light box? I need advice before moving forward..
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Living room light, bedroom and AC switch are not working. I checked both switch, both have power coming in also the neutral. Lost of neutral

It was a generator Well I checked the distribution board for power which was there in all the breakers. The neutral had light in it when tasted with a tester so I left to check the wire for the light, ...
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Does any manufacturer make a fused 240 V 60 A steel AC disconnect with GFCI receptacle? [closed]

I need a fused pullout 240 V 60A steel AC disconnect rated at 10 horse power with a built in GFCI receptacle for use as a convenience outlet required by 2020 NEC, but cannot find one available. Has ...
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Is there any issue with wiring a GFCI to a switch?

We have a wire the goes from Breaker > 2 switches. first switch goes to a recessed lighting above second switch goes below to an outlet under the sink in a cabinet that controls the garbage ...
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Ceiling fans - How do I identify this 4th unexpected cable, and how do I go about wiring it back together?

I'm replacing my two ceiling fans (same circuit, single switch). I didn't pay attention to how the wires were connected in the first ceiling box, and now I need help. I've identified the switch as ...
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Can you use Wemo Smart Switches Long Press to “Fake” a 3-Way Set Up?

I have many Wemo smart switches, smart dimmers and even two of their 3-way switches. However, I don’t have a neutral wire for the 3-way switches, so they’re out. But I have hooked up some other smart ...
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Can I use a smart switch for a separate light ceiling fan?

I’ve been searching for a very long time for this solution: I’m replacing all of my light switches with smart switches. The switch in my room is a double switch - one switch controls the light, the ...
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Switch/light wiring issue I cannot figure out

house built in 1967, I have pretty extensive experience with working on the electrical of this house and others in my life, but I am not a pro or electrician. I have redone all of the lights and ...
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Switch & Timer Nomenclature

GOAL: Connect a water heater and dryer to the same circuit, however, they shall be switch to ensure that only one is connected at any time. A SPDT switch: 220V water heater at one pole and a Dryer ...
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How to replace a 2-Gang 1-Way Light Switch with a 2-Gang 2-Way

I'm in need of a little help on one of the light switches I'm trying to replace in my house, all the rest were a simple swap, this one's a little different. I'm in the UK. I've a 2-gang switch (one of ...
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Wiring Dual Dimmer Switch

I have a dual switch that controls my kitchen lights and my dining lights. It’s in a single pole location but has two switches, top and bottom, one for kitchen and one for dining lights. Currently ...
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When smart switch is off, then power outlet/socket is not working

Recently I replaced what is probably single pole switch that controlled ceiling light with a single pole smart dimmer switch. The original switch seemed to have two loads and one line, one white and ...
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Is it normal for Decora light switches to break apart?

I have an epidemic of broken Decora light switches in my house. None of them seem to last more than a few years. Usually the paddles break off, or the housing breaks apart. Pictured here are 2 ...
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Questions about installing a 3-way dimmer switch

I am trying to replace a 3-way switch from Legrand with a dimmer switch from FEIT. I have attached a simple drawing here. Before I make the change, I would like someone to help confirm the electrical ...
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Can I wire an outlet off of this switch?

I have a three way switch that I would like to wire a regular wall outlet off of. The wall outlet would be wired off of the switch in picture #2. The black wire in picture 2 has constant 120V to it. ...
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height of incoming power to detached garage

I have a single 20 amp circuit coming out of PVC conduit buried 18" in the ground into an LB connector that enters a detached garage. I'd like to enter the garage at 12" or less above ...
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Replacing receptacle & switch on a MWBC in kitchen

Background: The house was built in 1983. Previous owner(s) have been creative on some DIY projects around the house. The receptacle was wired half direct & half sideways. Problems: The switch on ...
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How to convert a light switch to always on

I have a switch that turns on/off two lamps in the driveway. I want to remove the switch and make the lamps always on, since I’ve installed smart bulbs on them and I don’t want anyone to turn off that ...
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Lamp plugged into outlet controlled by 3 way switch suddenly dim when switch is off

So, I've done nothing to cause this, just getting that out of the way. Yesterday I noticed that my lamp was dim. I figured it was some problem with the lamp or bulb, but I realized the 3 way switch ...
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Wiring an outlet to be controlled by a double switch

I have an outdoor GFCI receptacle to plug in my pool filter and heater. I am adding a GFCI breaker to my box and putting in a regular receptacle and want to add a double switch above in another single ...
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Light Switch 3 black wires, one white, no ground

I bought a house last year (house built in the early 80s) and have been in the process of replacing my switches and outlets. Two of my bedrooms have light switches that are wired in a way that I haven'...
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splice in panel - why done this way?

I have a junction box that seems to be wired as shown in the attached image, with the hot and neutral coming from two different wires out of the panel, and the other two wires spliced together inside ...
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Need help with wiring a new occupancy sensor into an older 3-wire 3-way switch

I am needing to swap out a traditional switch for an occupancy sensing switch (Lutron Maestro MS-OPS5MH) on one side of a three way circuit. Its going into a long (dark) hallway. The house and wiring ...
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How to I add new light switch with ground wire/screw if old switch had no ground screw?

I have an old light switch that I want to upgrade. The old switch does not have a ground screw (see second image) so the bare copper ground wire is just tied to the metal box with a screw (see "B&...
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How to reverse a three way switch?

I have a set of lights that are controlled by two different switches. Flipping either switch at any time always changes the state of the lights (on to off or off to on). I have OCD and so I want both ...
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3 lights controlled by 3 switches - convert one for ceiling fan

How do I rewire a light receptacle within a 4-way switch to accommodate a ceiling fan? We have a basement with three lights controlled by three different switches in the basement. All three lights ...
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Replacing old switch to new switch 2 way 2 gang. Different code name

I am replacing the old switch to new switch (2 way 2 gang). The top one is the new switch. The bottom one is the old switch. L11 and L12 are no cable connected. I can't figure out where to put these ...
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Restroom fan switch replacement

What type of switch would I replace this with? It controls a restroom fan/vent with a light. The light (even though it's part of the restroom fan) is controlled by a separate light switch. Pictured is ...
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