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Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

Posted by HBX1133 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 10, 13 at 20:44

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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RE: Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

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


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RE: Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

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


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RE: Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

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.


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RE: Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

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


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RE: Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

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


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RE: Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

" I've tried every combination of wires"

obviously, no you have not.....

Is this a joke or something?


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RE: Replacing an old single pole light switch from 1987

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.


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