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Old 05-05-2012, 08:23 AM   #16
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There's only this one switch that controls the fan/light currently installed. There are no other switches in this room or that control this fan/light. These aren't the original switches to the house (originals were more of an almond color). Could it be that the previous owner replaced the switch with the wrong one?

Newb question, but how do you tell if it's a three-way switch?
A single pole will have "on" and "off" one the toggle. A 3 way won't.

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #17
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That is a picture of a single pole switch. The red is around the screw, and the blacks are backstabbed.
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I will be installing a new fan so I'll be in the ceiling box tomorrow. Although pricey, I'm leaning towards this switch from the link posted by Jim Port above:



Thanks for the help!
I ended up ordering this switch and got around to installing it tonight. Unfortunately, there's not enough room in the box to install the new switch with all of the wiring. Any suggestions to make it work? The switch is great and I'd love to use it.
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You could change the box out for a deeper box or change to a 4 square box with a plaster ring.

How many cables are in the box now? Is the box plastic? How many cubic inches?
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You could change the box out for a deeper box or change to a 4 square box with a plaster ring.

How many cables are in the box now? Is the box plastic? How many cubic inches?
Approx 19.25 cubic inches. I saw three 14-2 cables. Box is not metal so I'm guessing plastic.
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Three 14-2 cables is 6 + 1 for the ground + 2 for the switch for a total of 9. 9*2 = 18 cubic inch capacity minimum.

You may need to dress the conductors to make this fit. Maybe a pic would help us see what you are dealing with.
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Three 14-2 cables is 6 + 1 for the ground + 2 for the switch for a total of 9. 9*2 = 18 cubic inch capacity minimum.

You may need to dress the conductors to make this fit. Maybe a pic would help us see what you are dealing with.
The main issue is the depth of the new switch. With a box depth of only 2.75", there's not much room for wire. I'll guess i'll try the deeper box.


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