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Old 12-06-2010, 09:44 PM   #16
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C'mon joed, what a dumb thing to say. The wires were connected to the switch, the light was not working, I took the switch apart to find out why.

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Old 12-06-2010, 10:13 PM   #17
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The light was not working, or the switch was not controlling the light?

Try going without the switch for a try, see if both hots are really hot, try one and then the other.

The only thing I can think of is that someone tried to make it a 3 way. Is there a second switch for the light? I can see someone putting hots to two switches, then joining them on the light side of the switches. This way, either switch flipped on would turn the light on, you would just not have the ability to turn it off from the other end.

Thats the only thing I can think of that would make someone do that.

In the light itself, do you only have one cable coming in, or is there a second cable from that box?
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C'mon joed, what a dumb thing to say. The wires were connected to the switch, the light was not working, I took the switch apart to find out why.
You are obviously not a troubleshooter and you don't understand one of the most basic circuits it residential wiring. In your original posting all you said was you were changing a switch. To us, that could mean you didn't like the color or the switch was physically broken. It wasn't until post 14 that you said it didn't work......
So, you are troubleshooting some problem that has not worked for some time and maybe never worked for you. Switch circuits come in two basic flavors: 1) Power is in the light fixture and there is a switch leg that controls it. That means there is a hot and neutral at the light. 2) Power is in the switch box and there is a neutral and a switched hot going to the light.
You need to tell us, since we cannot see your setup, how your fixture is wired. What is at the fixture for wiring?
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What wasn't working? What doesn't work if you leave all the blacks apart and power up the circuit? What does work if connect all the blacks together and all the whites together?
Please try these two tests and post back with the results. Can we assume you already changed the light bulb?
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:24 AM   #20
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Are you sure this isn't someones attempt to wire a two switch circuit? Wire 1 would be the hot (line) in, wire 2 would be a hot in from a second switch (thus bypassing the switch) and wire 3 would be the the load out to your light. In any case if your light isn't working it seams you have an open between the switch and the light.
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Please try these two tests and post back with the results. Can we assume you already changed the light bulb?
JoeD,

If, by chance, this circuit is really screwed up and if there are truly two hots, and if they are on separate legs, would it be a hazard to try to connect them together.

Yes, I agree. This is unlikely.
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I give up. Call an electrician is my best advice to you now.

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