Problems with My wiring

Old 09-03-03, 08:15 PM
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Problems with My wiring

I added a breaker to my breaker box. I wired it to a receptical, it worked fine. I tied it to a switch and now it doesn't work. When I turned the breaker on after hooking everything up the light was on but the switch said off. As soon as I turned the switch to the ON position (which would turn the light off, because it is runnig backwards) it kicked the breaker. What is wrong and how do I fix it?
Old 09-03-03, 08:24 PM
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These are classic symptoms.

You apparently wired a switch loop. But you didn't do it correctly. Here's how to make the connections at the receptacle:
  • Connect the power cable black to the switch cable white. Neither of these two wires attaches to the receptacle at all.
  • Connect the power cable white to a silver screw.
  • Connect the switch cable black to a brass screw.
  • Connect both grounding wires to a pigtail that then runs to the green screw. A green wire nut with the hole in the end is convenient for this, but you can do it with a regular wire nut and a pigtail too.
  • Mark both ends of the switch cable white wire with black marker to indicate that it is hot.

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