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Old 07-01-2010, 11:51 AM   #1
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replaced a wall switch


I replaced a wall switch . When I turned the power back on and turned on the switch, there were sparks and the circuit breaker tripped. What did I do wrong?
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:59 AM   #2
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What type of switch ?
How many wires in the box ?
Sounds like you crossed 2 hots



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Old 07-01-2010, 12:06 PM   #3
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There are 3 wires in the switch. I put the black one on the left, the uncoated one on the upper right and the white one on the bottom right. This is the way they were when I opened the switch plate.
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Can you post a picture?
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:05 PM   #5
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Only the colors of the screws matters. Position is relative to how it was installed and not all brands are setup the same way.
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Sorry to bother you. I did not know green screw means ground. But thank you for trying to help me. I switched the ground to the green screw and Voila! Success! Thank you.
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