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Old 09-01-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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replacing a switch in a mobile home


I have an electrical switch that operates an overhead light in my kitchen that went out. I removed the old switch, popped off the back cover, and surveyed the wiring scheme. All of the blacks were on one terminal, the white on another and the grounds on another. I twisted all of the blacks together, the whites together and the grounds together. The wall switch works, but when I touched the wires to the new over head switch the breaker kicked off. What am I doing wrong?

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You have created a dead short. I'm pretty sure you saw the existing wiring incorrectly.

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I am in total agreement with you. Any thoughts on how to correct my error?
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You will need to find the wires that go to the fixture.
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I do appreciate your time. I have identified the incoming hot wire, and the wires for both lights. As of this minute, I have all of the blacks together, the whites together and the grounds. The wall light is working, but the overhead light is not. Again, if I touch the switch for the overhead light to the wires, the breaker will be thrown.
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How do you suggest I proceed?

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