Can you damage a mis-wired light switch

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Old 05-18-12, 08:36 PM
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Can you damage a mis-wired light switch

I wired up a 3-way switch incorrectly (the other 3-way switch on the line was wired correctly). Upon energizing the line, the lights turned on. When flipping the mis-wired switch, the lights started to flicker and the switch started to make a poping noise (I assume something was arcing). The circuit is GFCI protected and it did not turned off. I subsequently de-energized the line and wired the switch correctly and the light now works appropriately. Is there any cause for concern with the switch or connected cable/wires?
 
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Old 05-18-12, 08:41 PM
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I wouldn't be worried.
 
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Old 05-19-12, 02:53 AM
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Nope. The arcing was inside the switch. All switches will arc somewhat, especially if they are switched slowly.
 
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