Dimmer switch


Old 03-28-02, 01:50 PM
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Dimmer switch

I replaced a single pole toggle switch with a 600W dimmer. Very basic 2 wires with no ground on either old switch or new dimmer. Dimmer worked fine for 3 weeks and then stopped working.
Tried replacing dimmer twice--still does not work. Light bulbs fine. Outlet under switch works. Put back new toggle switch and still does not work. Circuit breakers not tripped.
Too scared to test for current while power is on. Could it be anything other then the main wiring to the box? Any ideas?
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Old 03-28-02, 03:25 PM
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Thats great you checked everything else out and they worked but the one thing you need to do is the one thing you are scared to do.
One of the dangers of electrical troubleshooting is that sometimes you need to have power on to see if it is working, thats just how it is like binary equations 0 or 1, off or on.
If you dont feel comfortable, thats fine it is dangerous and i applaud you for knowing your limit. Lack of knowledge and not knowing your limit is how people get hurt. You might consider hiring an electrician or have a friend ask around, everyone knows one or two, they could check it out as a favor.
On the other side there is a way to check this out safely.
With the switch box or panel open use a tic tester, 10 bucks at store. and properly place it near the "hot" wire in the box, you dont have to even touch the wire, it will pick up the voltage inductance and light up or beep if there is juice, if there isnt and the breaker is on then you move to the next issue, post back and someone can help you with that!!
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