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Old 07-25-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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2 black "hot" wires?


I am replacing two switches, one of which had two black wires (see pic, wires on right side) attached to one screw. The switch turns on a light just outside the house as well as the garage light. I don't know much of anything about wiring, but I don't think it seemed right to attach 2 black wires to a single screw, correct? What should I do about the two wires? Any ideas would be of great help.
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2 black "hot" wires?


When two wires want to go under one screw, cut a third, short, length of wire (about 5-6 inches) of the same* color and attach that to the screw. Connect the other end of this short piece (called a pigtail) to the other 2 wires.

* You can mix red and black. You can use bare wire to attach to green wires.

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When two wires want to go under one screw, cut a third, short, length of wire (about 5-6 inches) of the same* color and attach that to the screw. Connect the other end of this short piece (called a pigtail) to the other 2 wires.

* You can mix red and black. You can use bare wire to attach to green wires.
Thanks, I did just what you said and it works just fine!
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