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Old 02-14-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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Dimmer wiring in a box with 3 black and 3 white wires and a pink wire to boot!


As the pic shows, I have to wire a dimmer switch into a box with 3 black and 3 white wires and a pink wire. In the power box: Top left has B&W wires; top right has B&W plus a pink wire; bottom right has B&W wires. The dimmer itself has 2 black wires and one green wire. How do I wire this mess (perhaps I need a couple of in-box jumper cables too)? Please check out the pics...

... if I merret all 3 black together and all 3 white together and leave the pink capped-off power returns to the next power box down the line - but I'd like to have the dimmer and the power box working properly. Please help.
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Was a single pole switch in the box or a 3 way switch before you got the dimmer? The dimmer is a single pole dimmer.

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What was there before? How was it connected? Is there another switch to control this fixture?
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Where are the ground wires???????
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I would tie whites together.wirenut,tuck them away.Wirenut all black conductors together,along with one side to dimmer.Red to lonely wire on dimmer.Where are the Grounds????
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Why do people insist on takeing every wire apart in a box to change a switch or plug, it will always baffle me.

This could be as simple as putting all the blacks to one side of the dimmer and the red to the other side as some else as suggested. This could also have been a 3 way switch setup which will take a little bit of work to figure out.

The grounds are under the ground screws, if you can i would ground that dimmer since it has the ground wire.
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The switch fixture was the original - It is the only switch that controls one overhead light, however, there is a power box on an adjascent wall that dependents on this box being wired properly (should I be using this single pole dimmer?). Everything you see in the pics was the original setup except there were also two small 2-inch 'jump' wires; one green and one black; I remember one merret had four wires! I just can't remember how they were originally connected. In the original setup the toggle on/off switch worked but the dimmer never did, I think because it was a fluorescent bulb (which I will now switch to regular yellow). But now nothing works, and I can't remember the original wiring (lesson learned to take pics before I dissassemble something that looks like a departure from standard wiring). There are copper wires grounding all off this at the back of the box. Any ideas on how to wire? - thanks for the feedback...
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I would tie whites together.wirenut,tuck them away.Wirenut all black conductors together,along with one side to dimmer.Red to lonely wire on dimmer.
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This could be as simple as putting all the blacks to one side of the dimmer and the red to the other side as some else as suggested. This could also have been a 3 way switch setup which will take a little bit of work to figure out.
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Where are the ground wires???????
Hi Bob

The poster is from Canada. If you look in the back of the box you will see the 2 ground screws that is common for Canadian metal boxes. The grounds are there but ya gotta put your goggles on to see them....

On both sides of each ground screw are raised ridges allowing them to land two ground wires under each screw without putting a loop of wire around the screw like this....
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Thanks for your help - I'll try this advice and post if/when it works...

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