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Questions tagged [switch]

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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Can Someone Help Me Identify This Switch?

I have a Swaby 5200 pump in my home, and I am hoping that someone out there might be able to suggest a replacement switch part number – or at least point me in the right direction. Pump model: 5200 ...
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3-Way Switch won't turn on lights if dimmer is set to low

I just added 5 dimmable recessed lights to my living room. I'm certain it's powered correctly. Incoming power hits the 3-way dimmer switch. Both traveler wires head to the other 3 way switch (non-...
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Help me identify the components of my switchgear?

I have a basic understanding of what I need to do when the power line goes down, though sometimes different switches pop and would like to understand more of what does what. I have no knowledge in ...
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Name that mystery switch!

I've seen other similar questions (How to trace mystery switches), but I have some more details: This is in a master bedroom There is a 2 gang box right near the inside of the door - one switch (...
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Bad Portable AC Unit Plug Circuit

Model: LG LP1414GXR The unit was running fine but it appears the plug circuitry overheated and went bad. Is it okay to replace the existing plug by cutting it off at the end and replacing it with a ...
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Gardner Bender GET-3213 voltage tester that gave a strobing light on one of the light switches I was testing

I have a Gardner Bender GET-3213 voltage tester that gave a strobing light on one of the light switches I was testing. I removed the switch and tested just the wires and it also strobed. All other ...
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What is a 3-pole fan isolater and why would I need one?

In this answer a part was identified as a "3-pole fan isolater". It appears to me that this is like a "regular" switch that disconnects 3 lines instead of just one. Is my understanding correct? What ...
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I want to hook up two lights and two separate switches

I want to hook up two lights and two switches. There are three cables. One has three black wires, the other two have one yellow wire and one black wire each. I'm assuming that one of the cables with ...
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Installing light switch timer

I am replacing switches in my 1950s house and want to put a new switch timer for my porch light. There was a old one already in place. I am confused because I installed the switch next to it using the ...
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How to remove one of the three switches for my foyer light fixture

There are 3 light switches controlling my one foyer light fixture. I need to remove one of them (disconnect and cover with a solid faceplate), but keep the other two working. How do I do this?
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Any ideas as to what this is?

This is in a house my daughter bought and no one knows what it is for. It is a 1930's house. Has a switch on it that when you flip it a red light flickers on for a second and nothing else seems to ...
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Heater/Light/Vent switch question

I'm a homeowner. I had an electrician install the rough-in and I'm installing the outlets/switches/lights etc myself. Bathroom has a H/L/V and the electrician wired the switch so I could use 3 ...
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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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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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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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Can I replace this switch with a 3-way switch?

I want to replace the on/off switch for our attic fan, and this is the only switch in the house that I’m aware of that operates it. The wires are red, white, and black. Will a traditional 3-way switch ...
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Installed smart switch but nearby circuit keeps breaking

I just installed a smart switch (Leviton Decora) in my garage and the switch works fine. But I soon noticed that the circuit controlling outlets in the closest room to the garage keeps breaking. I ...
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Can I ground a new light to an old metal box via a switch yoke?

All of my switches are installed in old metal boxes with no threaded ground screw holes. The boxes are wired using old cloth BX with no ground wire(grounded via casing). Some of the BX wire ...
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Troubleshooting A Sump Pump (Zoeller)

I have an older Zoeller sump pump that has stopped working. I found the pump submerged in the basin with a foot of water. I toggled the float before pulling it but it didn't kick on. Since removing it,...
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Issue with Red wire to a remote controlled ceiling fan replacement (14/3 to 14/2 wires)

The Situation: 20 yr old Ceiling fan replacement with a remote controlled new fan. I have two wall switches: one controls 3 ceiling canned lights in the kitchen and one provides power to the ceiling ...
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Changing light switch, help with wiring needed

I changed my old lightbulbs to dimmable LEDs, now I need to change the switch accordingly. Before: (stacked switches from top to bottom) small light switch 1, small light switch 2, small switch for ...
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Z-wave 3 way wiring help with aux switch

I have a question on using a GE switch with the add-on aux switch in a 3 way lighting situation. I've been staring at diagrams and thinking about it for hours now and I can't figure it out. My home ...
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Change fan & light control into 2 separate switches

Hello all this is my first post and hope I cover everything needed to answer this question. I have a switch that controls a cieling fan/light in the living room of my house that was built in 2001. ...
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Need help to re wire a outlet and light switch

Hi everyone. I already have a post about the same problem but i cant find it. Sorry I have a problem with my light switch and my outlet in my bedroom. My landlord wired them both together so i can ...
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Is my three-way switch miswired and causing an outage elsewhere?

I was planning to replace a three way switch in my garage, but after replacing it, a section of my house went dark. I ended up replacing the original switch to do some troubleshooting. The problem ...
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One hot three neutrals in a box: help resolve electrical wiring mystery

I had to remove an outlet in a room and I traced the wire back to this junction box that houses a light switch. I disconnected all splices (solder + tape) in the box (foolishly without marking the ...
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Having issues connection motion sensor

I bought an in-wall PIR switch (http://amzn.to/293hYyJ) and I'm trying to install it. The switch has 4 wires: red, black, white and green In my wall, I had 2 black wires and a green one that were ...
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Safely fit new bathroom pull switch to existing wiring

We moved into a house that has a bathroom pull switch (surface mount box - is that a 'pattress'?) dangling from the ceiling by a couple of inches of wires. I think when we moved in it was flush with ...
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Roadblock installing 4-way switch

I've been trying to install a four way switch setup for a ceiling fan using a Leviton z-wave control switch and two matching remotes. I've attached a copy of the wiring as it is currently set up. I'm ...
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How do I wire multiple light fixtures on their own switch on a Modular wall?

I have a wall that will be used to display vanities. This wall needs to be able to move around and hold 3 light fixtures. Those three fixtures each need their own switch. My thought was to install ...
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Two lights & two switches, one light doesn't work?

Please could you advise me, why isn't second ceiling light working? Two lights and two switches, power does not appear to be going to second light, both switches are working. Have I wired first light ...
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30amp power cord to 20amp breaker?

I am converting a cargo trailer into a camping trailer, including wiring it to have power from and RV hookup. The most common RV hookup is a 30amp. Since i don't really need the 30amp power, my plan ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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How do I wire a single pole and a 3-way switch in the same box?

I have a 4 gang switch box with one 3-way switch and three single pole switches. When the 3-way is flipped on, all the other switches can turn their lights on and off. But when the 3-way is flipped ...
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Wiring Leviton Timer to Bath Fan and Switch to Light

I am a DIYer with a basic knowledge of electrical wiring. I am having trouble wiring a bath fan to a timer and light to a switch. I can get get power to one or the other, not both. Here is the ...
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Is there something wrong with this 3-way lamp switch?

We have a floor lamp with a three-way combined switch and socket. I noticed arcing sounds when rotating the switch, so I disconnected it. Later I found that the "low" and "high" settings worked fine, ...
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Odd wiring at switch. Please help

I plan to run a ceiling fan/light to this switch which is already connected to an outlet. Can you explain this wiring and if it is safe? I don't understand how or why there is a black wire sitting ...
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Apartment outlets troubleshooting # 3

I have solved the power outage to the circuit powering 3 different rooms but only partially. 2/3 outlets power on and 1/2 of the light switches work. In the bedroom. The working outlet is the only ‘ ...
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Changing a Switch in one room but lights in other rooms go out

So there are 2 sets of wires coming in on the right (black, white ground) and 1 set of wires going out to the left (black, black), which seem to connect to the next room. When I change the switch, I ...
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Is there an LED-compatible dimmer switch that can work in series with a second dimmer?

I just installed 3 LED shop lights in my workshop (ok they're actually meant as bathroom lights, but the price was right). They are wired in parallel, with a master switch in front of everything (in ...
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One side of combination switch turns off power in a room

I have an exhaust fan, light fixture and wall outlet connected to a combination switch. The top switch turns on the lights and it works and the outlet is always on, but the bottom switch supposed to ...
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Switch Controls Outlet, Not Ceiling Light

When we bought our house, the switch to the ceiling fan did not work, unless pushed to the side, or pushed in before being used. It seemed to be a simple enough task to replace the switch. However, ...
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switch box red wire connected to white?

i'm installing smart switches, and found the neutral in another area so i assumed it'd be in all the switch boxes. Well not these two. It's a 3 way switch, and in the back of it there are white wires ...
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Replacing fan/light with 2 wall with fan/light controlled by remote

I am replacing an old fan that runs off 2 wall switches. Switch 1 controls the light. Switch 2 controls the fan. The new fan has remote only. The power source is 2 wire (Black, White, Bare). The ...
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How to get Condensate Pump to talk to Sonoff 4CH Pro R2

I currently have a WiFi water alarm triggering a Sonoff 4CH Pro R2 to kill my whole house humidifier. So I have some experience with triggering the relays and getting the two devices talking to each ...
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5 way wiring question

I’m changing light switches to decora from toggle. I have 4 switches to one light fixture where 4 of the 3 switches have 5 wires and the 4th switch has 3. 1: 2 red 2 black 1 ground 2: 2 red 2 black ...
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Bathroom vanity works with some lights in some positions

I installed a Lutron Caseta on-off switch (non dimmer, will edit with model number if required) to control a bathroom vanity with 2 fixtures each with two lights. For a long time I found putting a (...
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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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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 ...