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Old 10-12-2008, 01:25 PM   #1
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I've started work installing a new circut with a switch and 2 outlets for seasonal use. The power comes thru the switch 1st, my problem is which wires go where. I understand the black wire pigtail thing at the switch, but get lost from that point on. It's probably very easy........but not for me, I'm a retired painter. Help needed!!

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Old 10-12-2008, 02:36 PM   #2
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Grounds get tied together, to the switch and to the box if it's metal. Use pigtails where needed. Neutrals (whites) get tied together separately. Incoming 'hot' gets connected to one terminal of the switch and any (outgoing) load wires (usually black) that you want 'hot' all the time, use a pigtail to the switch. The load wire(s) you want switched will get hooked to the other terminal of the switch, use a pigtail if necessary.

Please give a better description of the circuit if you require more assistance.

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Thanks, I'll give it a try Kyle
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As with anything, it is best if you first learn a few basics. I suggest you get a book on basic electrical wiring. These are available at home improvement stores.

Electricity can be quite dangerous. Best to get an electrical permit and get your work inspected, then you will know it is safe.

Or post pictures of your work here if you or a friend have a digital camera, then you can get feedback on the work you are doing/have done.
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