DIY recessed fixture project

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Old 03-20-15, 06:25 PM
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Do you mean to just pigtail all the black wires from the wall, along with three short black wires, one to each switch?
No, only one wire is hot. I thought all the switches were connected by a single wire. That wire is the hot. Is the wire I circled below not a single wire that has been stripped in three places?

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Old 03-20-15, 09:17 PM
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Okay, so I tried what I could based on my existing idiocy and what help you guys gave me. Now the right top switch, which used to control outdoor security lights, controls the interior recessed lights (which I thought were wired to the left switch). The left switch doesn't seem to control anything, thought it was intended to control the interior recessed lights. The right bottom switch controls the porch light as intended, and the middle switch controls the entry way light as intended.

There are black and white wires in the back that I capped, which I think is the mystery lead. There's another black wire, however, which I can't figure what it controls. I capped it, but that's probably not right.

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Old 03-20-15, 09:54 PM
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Did you connect the hot and only the hot to the side of the duplex switch that has the tab? (Usually dark colored screws on the tab side.) The wires to the loads will go to the two screws on the other side.other side.

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There should be three wires. I only see two. It looks like the tab is on the left side. If that is correct that is where the hot goes. The wires to the two lights it controls go on the other side.
 
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No, I put the hot wire to one of the dark screws on the tab side, as well as another wire from what I think is a security light. I'll change that in the morning to hopefully step in the right direction.

Breaker is off for now.
 
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Okay, so I tried doing what you said. Also wired up the left switch differently, and tried pigtailing in the mystery wires as well, but no dice. So many ways for me to screw this up!

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Old 03-21-15, 08:19 AM
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I'll try to put together a diagram later. Maybe that will help you.
 
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That'd be very helpful. FWIW, I can't even get my dimmer switch to light up when done individually.

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I'm also not sure this box is even grounded. The hot wire only has a black and a white.
 
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