Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

HBX1133February 10, 2013

Help! I replaced a working single pole light switch with a new one and now no longer working. There are only 2 wires connected to switch, a red one and black one and two copper wires twisted together at the back of box. I've tried every combination of wires, What am i doing wrong?

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ionized_gw

Leave the bare wires alone. Hook black to one screw and white to the other. If that does not work, something else is wrong.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:12PM
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bus_driver

I have my doubts that this is a serious question. But my suggestion is to turn the breaker back on.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:21PM
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llaatt22

You might try putting the old switch back in the circuit.
You might try the new switch in a different room.
New does not always equal good.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 11:03AM
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weedmeister

If there is a red wire, is this a 3-way circuit?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 2:10PM
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HBX1133

@ weedmeister
Even if only two wires, one red one black?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 4:02PM
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hexus

" I've tried every combination of wires"

obviously, no you have not.....

Is this a joke or something?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:34PM
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btharmy

If there are only two wires, there is only one "combination of wires". What is the point here? You either have a bad switch, burned out light bulb, or forgot to turn the breaker back on.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 8:35PM
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