Light switch not working!


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Old 10-27-16, 05:26 PM
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Light switch not working!

I was changing outlets and changed a few light switches. Everything works I changed but afterwards one switch in kitchen does not work now. I didn't even mess with them and don't understand. Can I please get some input on what may be wrong? Thanks guys
 
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Old 10-27-16, 05:33 PM
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Explain what you mean by doesn't work. Do you mean the light is on all the time or that it doesn't come on.
 
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Old 10-27-16, 06:45 PM
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It doesn't come on at all. It worked before I did everything. I changed 3 switches on the opposite side of the wall/behind switch that doesn't turn on now and they work fine.
 
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Old 10-27-16, 08:00 PM
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How many wires in the switch box that doesn't work and how are they connected? Tell us all the wires.
I changed 3 switches
Did any of the switches use a combination of back stabbed wires and screw connected wires?
 
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Old 10-27-16, 10:49 PM
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Sorry I haven't replied before now. I am going to start back at it in the morning sometime. I haven't looked at the wires on switch that doesn't work. I will check it out and let you know. The ones I did change had 3 wires and they were screwed into the side.
 
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Old 10-27-16, 11:41 PM
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The ones I did change had 3 wires and they were screwed into the side.
Do you mean 2 wires and a ground. We usually don't include grounds here when talking about connections. They are assumed.
 
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Old 10-28-16, 06:36 AM
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Don't know for sure. It had a white and black wire on one side and red was on other side. The red wasn't screwed into the green screw.
 
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I'm not good with electrical work. I got on here to ask to see if I could get a idea of everything
 
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Old 10-28-16, 09:34 AM
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It had a white and black wire on one side and red was on other side.
That is a 3-way switch. That means there is a second switch associated with that switch that controls light. Did you change out that switch? If so when you changed that switch are you sure you put the common wire on the common terminal.
 
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The best advice I can give you is to buy the book Wiring Simplified and read it cover-to-cover.

Wiring Simplified has been in continuous print for over fifty years, updated every three years to coincide with the updating of the National Electrical Code (NEC). It is the bible for do-it-yourselfers when it comes to electrical work. It not only tells you HOW to do the work but WHY it is done in the manner prescribed. It is available from many sources including corner hardware stores, mega-mart homecenters and many on-line sources including Amazon and on-line hardware stores, electrical supply stores and farm stores. Generally it will be found in the electrical aisles and NOT in the books and magazines section of the store.

The cost is about ten dollars and it is often discounted. I saw it on the site of a farm supply store the other day for $5.99 and I think my local homecenter sells it for $6.95.

Wiring Simplified is written for the layman. Any special language is fully explained in the text and in a manner that anyone can understand.

Trust me, it will be the best electrical "tool" you can buy.
 
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Old 10-28-16, 11:48 AM
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Try to flip the other three way switch and go back to the other three way and test. You might have a common transposed with a traveler.
 
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Old 10-29-16, 08:44 PM
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Thank you guys. Going to try your advice tomorrow Ray. I will let you know how it goes. Been busy doing other remodeling and it's been hard to get everything done.
 
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Pcboss thank you too! Furd, I would but don't plan on messing with anymore electrical work. It's not my thing. I'm best with floors, walls, doors and windows.
 
 

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