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Dallas 10-29-2007 01:44 PM

Light Switch Inconsistency
I did a search on my problem with no luck.

We moved into our house this weekend that we have bought and been updating it since Oct 1st. We have noticed that numerous light switches throughout the house do not always work on the first time of being flipped to the 'on' position. It sometimes takes 2 or 3 times before the light comes on.

Has anyone had this problem before? Is this something that will be repaired if I replace the light switches throughout the house?

The house was built in 1989.

Any advice would be highly appreciated.

jbfan 10-29-2007 02:16 PM

It may be the light switch, it may be a loose or illfitting connection in the light.

Stubbie 10-29-2007 02:31 PM

You need to test the switch to see if the switched wire is hot in the "on" position.

Are any of these switches 3 - way?

Dallas 10-29-2007 02:41 PM

Thanks for the replies. I am not sure about the proper terminology. If by 3 way you mean 3 switches on the switch plate then yes. Some of these switches are 3 way and maybe one of them is a 2 way.

I forgot to mention that we are first time homeowners.

Andy in ATL 10-29-2007 04:04 PM

My buddy stubbie means by three way.... Does the light switch from more than one location. I got tickled when I read your post, couldn't help myself. I am not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you, I promise!:laughing:

joed 10-29-2007 04:46 PM

What type of light. Some fluorescents will have problems if not grounded properly.

Stubbie 10-29-2007 05:17 PM

Sorry, I guess I forget how much new homeowners have to learn about their homes. I have a feeling that Joe has the right thought on this problem. It would be very odd to have several switches bad at the same time.


Andy in ATL 10-29-2007 05:49 PM

It would be "lottery" odd. It will be interesting to see what transpires.

Master Elec./NICET IV FA 10-29-2007 06:15 PM

Turn off the the CB to the circuit you are working on. Check to see if the switches are "stabbed" in the back. If so, wrap the conductor around the actual screws on the switch. Even though "stabbing" is allowed in some areas it is a bad practice. Think about it! As the copper heats up it expands. As it cools down it contracts. Eventually, one ends up with a loose connection and this can cause serious problems. Maybe this will help.:yes:

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