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Old 03-23-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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Hello,

I'm currently wiring a new wall in my basement. All lights were working, including ceiling and sconces, and was in the process of installing drywall. Upon doing so, I turned the breaker off, I removed the sconce lights and left the wires free. When we finished the one side. I decided to turn the breaker/lights back on, upon doing so we heard a pop from the sconces. I should have been a little more careful with making sure the live sconce wires weren't in contact with anything (presumed the live wires may have shorted). I re-wired the sconce lights back on, they've stopped working

I came across a website stating that it could be the end of a wire being damaged. Thus, I started with the first sconce and checked wires. There doesn't seem to be any significant damage to them. Is there anything else I can check? I know its not the breaker considering I have the ceiling lights that are working and are on the same line.

Thanks in advance.

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If you have a multi meter start checking each box for power starting with the switch box.

Also check the switch for continuity. Is the switch a dimmer?

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dry wall screw!!!!! if this is a new circuit, turn off breaker. check continuity between hot (black) and neutral and ground. you may have run a drywall screw into the romex while sheet rocking.

if this is an old circuit check the same way, but there may be other issues.

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dry wall screw!!!!! if this is a new circuit, turn off breaker. check continuity between hot (black) and neutral and ground. you may have run a drywall screw into the romex while sheet rocking.

if this is an old circuit check the same way, but there may be other issues.

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Hey Bernie,

Luckily I haven't started drywalling the inside, thus, Im able to see if I had driven a drywall screw into wires. By the looks of it I haven't, I was careful as to putting the wire holes directly in the middle of the joist.
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If you have a multi meter start checking each box for power starting with the switch box.

Also check the switch for continuity. Is the switch a dimmer?
It is a dimmer switch, Thats my next step, as Im not reading any power to the first sconce (...and I made sure I tried all dimming options, up/down, on/off . Could I have damaged the switch? Or should I look at the wires going into to see if their damaged?

Thanks a bunch!
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I started with the first sconce and checked wires. There doesn't seem to be any significant damage to them.
So there IS some damage, just not "significant"?
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So there IS some damage, just not "significant"?
I thought there may have been (wasn't tarnished black tho). Since then, I've cut off the end and reconnected the sconce, to no avail. Now I'm checking the dimmer switch. I've got an extra dim switch, Ill replace it and see what happens.
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Hey guys,

I found out I had blown the switch.

I've gotta say, what a great website. They've got helpful forums in my industry, but the response time isn't nearly as quick as here. Much appreciated to all of you.

Thanks again,

Max

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