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Old 07-16-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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Only 2 wires in box?

I need to replace a switch that runs a ceiling fan. It is an older condo and they had a dimmer switch that burned out for it. I took the switch out and found that there is 1 purple and 1 orange wire coming into the box. I'm in a bind. I had a tester that seems to have grown legs and I can't afford another one right now. Has anyone run into this before? With these color wires too? Or was this a lazy wiring job with whatever spare wires they had? Also, can this be replaced by a single pole switch? Thank you for any help.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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If there is only two wires then connect them to the switch. With conduit any colour wrie could be used.
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... and switches aways have live/hot power in the box, so be careful. Trip the breaker before the switch swap.
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