Electrical Wireing

Old 12-05-02, 07:08 AM
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Question Electrical Wireing

I'am trying to install a combination 2 single pole switch. this replaces an original single pole switch. I have spliced into an original lead that has not been used in years. what I did was to install a ceiling fan in the original ceiling mount traced the original wiring spliced into it and hooked it up to the switch, the switch now controls the ceiling fan and another light. I want to change the original switch with this combination 2 single pole switch. when I wire the device it will not work. there are 6 leads comming into the box. I have hooked up the 2 black leads to the black screws and the 2 white leads to the gold screws and the ground to the green screws. it will not function. I have re wired the orginal switch with the 2 black together on the + and 2 white on the - and the grounds on the green. it works fine. How do I wire the Combination 2 single pole switch to work the other light and the ceiling fan separately? they are on the same circuit.
Old 12-05-02, 11:09 AM
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I didnt read and dechipher your post thoroughly as I am on my way out the door,, but I think you need another wire from the switch to the fan to make 2 seperate controls. The original was just a light right? Somehow you are going to need to feed another wire to the new switch.

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Old 12-06-02, 09:09 AM
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White wires are NEVER connected to device (switch/receptacle) terminals (with 1 exception).There should be 3 Black wires on the device, a Black "feed" that connects to the "Common" terminal, a Black wire that connects to one switch-controlled outlet, and a Black wire that connects to the 2nd. switch-controlled outlet. If the switch-box has a 2-wire (Black & White) "feed" cable, a 2-wire (B & W) cable to one switch-controlled outlet, and a 2-wire (B & W) cable to the 2nd. switch-controlled outlet, we can help. This accounts for 6 wires-not "leads"-in the switch-box.-----Good Luck!!!
Old 12-06-02, 10:03 AM
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I have to agree with sberry, it sounds like what you are trying to do can't be done with your wiring (at least not safely and to code.) As far as your wiring goes, I couldn't really understand what you've got either. Maybe Patbaa can help more.

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