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How can I identify my switch wiring for a smart switch?

You have to start with understanding the 3-way circuit you are working with. Now here is a schematic for a 3-way circuit. All 3-way circuits work like this. However it is only one of at least 5 ...
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How can I identify my switch wiring for a smart switch?

TL;DR Put the smart switch in the other location and things should be easier A typical 3-way switch setup using cables (as opposed to individual wires in conduit) has: Switch 1 = Hot + Travelers In ...
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Adding a light switch

Assuming your area uses NEC 2011 or later, you need 4 wires (3 plus ground) from the light to the switch. If your area requires use of conduit, then you need conduit. If not, cable will do. If ...
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Does any manufacturer make a fused 240 V 60 A steel AC disconnect with GFCI receptacle?

Typically, the mandatory A/C service receptacle is fed from a different and unrelated circuit. Usually this is an "outdoor outlet" circuit that is already there, and already has GFCI ...
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Is there any issue with wiring a GFCI to a switch?

Use a switch-rated deadfront GFCI I'd replace the existing garbage disposal switch with a switching-rated deadfront GFCI device, such as the Legrand 2087 depicted below. That way, it's clearly ...
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Ceiling fans - How do I identify this 4th unexpected cable, and how do I go about wiring it back together?

The other cable can be or probably is a receptacle. find the dead receptacle(s) and you will know, Next do you want the receptacle(s) live all the time or switched? the white marked black is proof of ...
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Ceiling fans - How do I identify this 4th unexpected cable, and how do I go about wiring it back together?

If a switch loop, white from switch connected to black from panel with wire nuts/connectors, place black tape on white wire both ends. Black wire from switch to both fans black wire. Whites from fans ...
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Can I use a smart switch for a separate light ceiling fan?

You will need two separate switches. One will control the lights, and one will control the fan. When you do this, you use the pull chain on the fan to set it at the highest speed, and then the smart ...
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How should I rewire a miswired 3-way switch?

sometimes when 3-way switches don't function it is because they were installed without a 3-wire cable . The installer maynot have known that a 3-wire cable was needed for 3-way switches
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Wiring Dual Dimmer Switch

I think you'll need to replace the box with a bigger box As far as I can tell, there are no dual dimmers on the market that support running the two dimmer sections off independent supplies, which is ...
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Can a simmerstat switch be fixed? And how?

The old simmerstats used a nichrome wire heat element to actuate a bi-metal on/off contact and so control temperature, the newer type appear to use a carbon track fixed to the bi-metal part to make it ...
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How to replace a 2-Gang 1-Way Light Switch with a 2-Gang 2-Way

It's not that critical. Both of these are "2-way"(US: 3-way) switches and yours is wired as 1-way. You can see where the switches are split left to right, they do a pretty good job on both ...
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How to replace a 2-Gang 1-Way Light Switch with a 2-Gang 2-Way

Your old switch is wired as 2-gang 1-way but is actually a 2-gang 2-way switch with a rather less obvious layout than your new 2-gang 2-way switch. On your new switch each gang has an L terminal which ...
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Questions about installing a 3-way dimmer switch

3-way dimmers/smart switches don't work like that. You are expecting this operation to be a "drop-in replacement" - where there would be a direct 1:1 mapping between the old 3-way switch ...
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Is it normal for Decora light switches to break apart?

Aganju hit on something with his answer but doesn't expound on it any. There's two types of light-switch covers that are sold in bulk. Leviton in particular markets these as "standard" (hard ...
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Is it normal for Decora light switches to break apart?

Plastics tend to become brittle with age, as the chemical softeners diffuse out over the years. Maybe you got a batch of old ones that were twenty years in the warehouse storage before you bought them ...
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When smart switch is off, then power outlet/socket is not working

It actually had 2 lines and 1 load. One of the line's was the "always-hot" power supply from the panel. The other took "always-hot" power onward to other systems and outlets in ...
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Is it normal for Decora light switches to break apart?

There is no conceivable mechanical or electrical fault in a switch which would break the cover plate. That is the smoking gun evidence. You have someone in your household who is turning switches on ...
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