Old 07-24-03, 06:49 PM
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I have replaced a [regular] wall light switch in a powder room. I followed the directions properly, transferring each wire (one at a time) from the faulty switch to the new one. I restored power at the breaker and the powder room light works fine. However, I discovered that I do NOT have power to wall switches in two adjoining rooms. The powder room was NOT a three-way switch. All 3 wires to the switch are black. There is one white and one bare copper wire in the back of the wall box. What can be the problem?

Old 07-24-03, 07:29 PM
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First, conduct a test. Do you have power to those two adjointing room when the light switch you replaced is turned on?

Then tell us exactly how the wires were connected to the old switch, and how they are connected to the new switch (presumably the answer will be the same). Did they use screws or push-in holes, or some of each? Did both switches have exactly the same number of screws in the same configuration? Tell us what that configuration is. Did you leave alone all the wires except the three black ones?

Finally, just for fun, tell us why you changed the switch.
Old 07-27-03, 09:19 AM
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John, the problem was solved with your simple message. Previously, I "tried" to replace the switch with a switch that only had the screw terminals on the side. When you mentioned the "plug-in holes" I decided to go out and buy the EXACT replacement switch! That worked like a charm. I reconnected all wires [in the plug-in holes] and the third to a line with power. In the first attempt to repair the switch I attached that third line to what [I thouht] was a ground terminal. That is what caused he problem.

Thank you fo your help,

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