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Old 03-30-08, 03:27 AM
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I found the following on this website under Electrical Projects - Replacing a Switch: 6. Connect a new switch to the wires. Always curve or twist wires in a clockwise direction around screws so wires will wrap around screw when it is tightened. The black wire should go to the brass colored screw and the white wire to the silvery colored screw.

Would you moderators care to comment or, better yet, do something about this? Or do your switches have silvery screws? No wonder people are confused.
 
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Old 03-30-08, 08:34 AM
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Yes, it's typical here in the U.S. to have brass screws for the hot, and silver for the neutral.

Switches don't really matter for that fact. If you reversed the wires, ON would be when the switch is down..
 
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The problem here is that the instructions are for an outlet, switches don't have black and white wires attached to them.
 
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Old 03-30-08, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by HotinOKC View Post

Switches don't really matter for that fact. If you reversed the wires, ON would be when the switch is down..
Position of the wires on a switch does not determine whether UP is on. On would be down if you rotated the switch during installation. The labels would then read NO instead of ON.
 
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Old 03-30-08, 11:41 AM
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Nope, no matter where your wires are on a sp switch, on is on and off is off. Sometimes you do have white wires to the switch, although they should be taped to indicate they are involved in a switch loop. But on a sp switch, there is no designation as to the screw color. Three and 4 way switches, different animal. Black, or andonized screw is always either line or load, and the others are travellers.
 
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It is a mistake, probably from a copy/paste by whoever wrote the article. Nice catch, unwired.

Fortunately it's a minor detail and not a "circuit breaker".
 
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Old 03-31-08, 08:42 AM
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I did check it out sure engouh you caught the mistake and i am glad you gave us a head up with it.

as other mention about the single pole switch they are all brass colour however if you are looking about the 3 way it get little tricker if not carefull you will have to find a darker colour screw or word say " common " that is the common connection for 3 way's other two is bright brass.

but however this question do come up from time to time but unforetally it is true if you have alum branch wire in the house you must used the switch or devices marked CU/AL rating and the screw will look like alumish colour so you really have to watch out on that one [ this area is very tricky to termated it right and from my past experince it will be wise to defered to the electrician due the issue with alum wire ]

Merci,Marc
 
 

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