This shouldn't be a hard task, but it's turning into one.
I'm attempting to change out a single-pole light switch. The switch controls the top outlet of a wall receptical.
This shouldn't be hard (black wires to each pole, ground to green - done.) But...
This is what I found when I pulled the switch out of the box:
The ground wire is connected to the green screw - I get that, but I don't understand the rest of it.
There is one red wire on the top pole, one black wire punched into the lower pole (it has some white paint on it, but the wire is indeed black), and the other black wire is screwed into the same pole.
I capped off the red wire and attempted to install this thing as directed with one black wire per pole & green connected to ground. The switch no longer works. Something was correct before and I can't figure out what it is.
Anyone have any ideas? (And for anyone who does, thanks in advance!)