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Old 05-28-09, 04:47 AM
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I currently have a dual outlet and a switch. in one box. The switch powers on and off a light the the outlets are available for 115 V power to any device regardless of switch position. The outlets are wired with one live and one neutral and a ground. The switch has one wire coming from the outlet. I want to add an additional switch to power a fan. When i made the connection fromn outlet to new switch i connected live and neutral from existing outlet and the fan. When i tested the breaker goes out. The switch that i was testing with was a 2 way switch do i need a 4 way? What am i doing wrong.
 
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Old 05-28-09, 05:25 AM
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You were creating a direct short. The neutral has nothing to do with the switching of the fan. You only switch the hot leads. You will draw your hot from the receptacle and break it at the switch with the neutral going through to the load(fan). The load side of the hot lead will connect to the other side of the switch.
 
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