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# Single pole vs. Double pole switch?

#1
07-18-00, 03:38 PM
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What's the difference between a single pole and double pole switch? Can a double pole switch eliminate problems due to plugging in backwards?

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07-18-00, 05:03 PM
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hello,
the deferance between the 2 r as folows. a singel pole switch only has a place to put 1 set of wires to switch, and a doubel pole has 2, singel pole switches 120 and doubel normaly is 4 220.
to answer your other ? no it will not fix a backwords wired outlet.

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07-19-00, 01:13 PM
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But it will totally remove power from the load irregardless of which line is hot.

If you used a single pole switch, there would be a 50/50 chance the load would still
be hot, if you are plugging it into miswired
outlets (which should be fixed),
or are using a non-polarized cord.