Problem Extending Circuit, Added new Switch & Light

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Old 10-10-09, 03:42 PM
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Problem Extending Circuit, Added new Switch & Light

I'm trying to add a switch and an overhead light to the end of a circuit.

I ran a wire which connects to free screws on the functioning outlet to a new switchbox. Inside this box, the hot wire attaches to a screw on the switch.

A new wire from the ceiling light runs into this box. The black wire is attached to the other screw on the switch.

The neutrals from both wires are wire nutted together.

Up at the ceiling light, the can had a built in junction box with push type connectors. Black to hot, white to neutral.

Turning the power back on, the switch appears to fail to function.

Ground to bottom screw (where original circuit's hot connects) = 120 volts.

Ground to top screw, regardless of switch position = 0.

Did I flat out wire this wrong? Is it possibly a loose connection? I've checked each of the connections, they appear solid.
 
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I'm not sure how understandable my explanation of how it is wired was, but as far as I can tell, I wired it like this: How To Wire a Switch - Switch and Light at End of Circuit
 
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Old 10-10-09, 04:06 PM
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Try a different switch.

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Worked like a charm. Guess the switch was bad.
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Old 10-10-09, 07:07 PM
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Glad we could help. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out.
 
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