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I have a main service box that has push buttons instead of switches like I am used to. Aren’t the BLACK wires supposed to be going to the buttons instead of the white wires?
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Are you in the mood to re-wire your whole house?I have a main service box that has push buttons instead of switches like I am used to. Aren’t the BLACK wires supposed to be going to the buttons instead of the white wires?
It seems like they are switching the neutral in this case. A switched neutral will accomplish the same task as switching the hot, but it is not legal.
The neutral is the return path. Break the return path, and the load will not work.
The neutral is a current-carrying conductor. It also happens to be intentionally grounded at the main service entrance.Really? I never knew that! How can the neutral carry power? :confused1:
white wire should be connected to the neutral bar, and not to the circuit breakers. But there are instances where the "white" wire may be connected to the breakers, in the case of 240 Volt circuits, for example. They should be marked or taped with another color if this is the case.
Without knowing how EVERYTHING is wired in the home, I would not go and just switch the whites to the neutral bar and the blacks to the breaker. You may reverse the polarity.Kbsparky. I know that in a switch loop situation the white wire is attached to the power wire, but here the white wires are mistakenly attached to the power at the main panel and yet it is the black wires that are carrying power to the light switch. I think K buz is saying that since white wires carry return power they are energizing my switch. I did not know this was possible, so I learned something today.
So I am asking if I make the wires right in the main panel by putting black to power and white to neutral I should make the switch in the picture correct without having to rearrange the wires.
AgreedWithout knowing how EVERYTHING is wired in the home, I would not go and just switch the whites to the neutral bar and the blacks to the breaker. You may reverse the polarity.
The above would only apply if the receptacle is mounted ground down.Have you ever wondered why one of the prongs on a plug is wider than the other? Take a look at a modern receptacle. The slot on the left will be wider than the slot on the right.
and take notes as you go alongWithout knowing where every connection is and where every wire goes you may wind up crossing wires. You may (WILL absolutely) have to open every fixture, every junction box and trace every wire before you start this project.
This is a small 2 bed house. There is no basement.
There are no junction boxes.
My plan is to switch the wires in the main panel then...
just open every outlet and switch in the house and check it.