Dimmer wiring

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Old 06-25-12, 10:50 AM
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Dimmer wiring

Looking to replace switch with new dimmer, but when I removed the old single switch, it had connected to 2 black and 1 white wire + ground. My question, the dimmer has 2 black, what do I do with the white wire? pull it into the other whites in the box?
 
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Let's see if I have this straight: You're replacing a single pole (just on and off) switch with a dimmer. The old switch had two blacks and a white wire attached to it?
 
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Old 06-25-12, 11:24 AM
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Let me guess The white was on a screw all by itself and and the two black wires were on the same screw or one was on the screw and the other in the back stab for that screw. Am I close?
 
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The 2 black are on the same side, but on seperate screws. The white is on the other side on its own screw.
 
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Old 06-25-12, 01:13 PM
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Then you have a three way switch. Where is the other location of switching? Across the room? If this is the case, you will need a three way compatible dimmer.
 
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thanks Larry.. I thought the same, but the switch only controls one set of lights on the deck, its in a 3 gang box next to 2 other switches that control other lights in the room and a separate fan switch.
 
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The white is on the other side on its own screw.
What color is that screw? Is the switch labeled on/off?
 
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That is correct....old switch has 2 blacks and a white.. 2 blacks on same side on separate screws and white on other side on its own screw.
 
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You posted just after me. See my post above yours.
 
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