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Old 09-01-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Trying to replace a dual single pole switch.


I am trying to replace a (very) old dual single pole switch for my ceiling fan. The way that it had worked was that the top switch would turn on/off the fan while the bottom switch would turn on/off the light.

So, I went to Home Depot last night and bought this guy: http://www.cesco.com/b2c/product/206...FYik4AodRykAYQ

Today, I turned off the breaker, and wired it up, just as it had been wired. that is, black wire to the top (copper) screw on the left of the switch, and one black wire to each of the black screws on the right side of the switch. (So, at this point, the bottom copper screw on the left of the switch didn't have a wire on it, nor did the green ground screw on the left side of the swtich.) I turned the breaker back on and now the top switch controlled both the fan and the light. The bottom switch didn't do anything.

So, I turned the breaker off, and then switched the wire on the left to the bottom screw (and left the top screw empty). Turning the breaker back on, now the bottom switch controlled both the fan and the light and the top switch didn't do anything. (Which I guess should be expected.)

I saw a few things online that said that the tab could be broken off, so that the two switched are independent. So, I broke the tab off. Now, of course, the outlet with power will work, and the other will do nothing.

So, my questions:
1 - Did I buy the right type of dual switch? If not, what should I have bought?
2 - Is my current switch recoverable? (I only have the one black wire from the breaker - so I don't know how I would be able to make a connection to both of the copper screws at this point.)
3 - Any other thoughts on how to make this work?

Thanks so much!

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The side with the tab is where the power wire is connected----replace the snapped off tab with a jumper wire---you could use the push in back stab holes to conect the jumper---

Do test the three wires first and see which one is the power.

The other two must be switch legs--connect one to each of the screws on the other side of the switch.

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Oh, man. Are you saying that I just put the power on the wrong side? Looking at the old one, you are right, the tab was on the side with the power. I was judging which side the power should go in by which side the ground was on. Oops. Thanks so much. I'll give this a try!
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That was it exactly. I had the power line going to the wrong side. Thanks so much, oh'mike!
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You are welcome------I've learned the hard way---Glad it worked--Mike---
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