Dimmer switch help needed


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Old 12-19-21, 10:24 PM
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Dimmer switch help needed

Considering I'm a retired auto body technician, I'm embarrassed about this question. Anyway, I have a Cloudy Bay dimmer switch and my condo is about 45 years old. I pulled the single pole light switch only to find 2 wires connected to the switch. I'm a little confused on how to properly connect the dimmer as all diagrams show a 3rd wire on the wall switch. Can you assist? Thank you





 
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Old 12-19-21, 10:31 PM
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That is a three way dimmer. It is made for use when two switches control the same light. It can still be used. Just don't use the red with the paper tag on it. Put a wire nut on it.
If you read the writing on the tag it probably says something about only using it if there are two switches.
 
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Thanks for the quick response.
I understand the red wire with the tag will not be utilized.

There are still three wires on the dimmer to be connected.
The wall switch only has two wires connected, can you tell me the correct application?
Example; black to black, etc..
 
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Black from the wall to black of the dimmer.
Blue from the wall to red of the dimmer.
Red/yellow stripe gets capped off.

Since you have a conduit system in the house.... the box is the ground.
You can put a ground screw in one of the threaded box holes and connect the green wire there.
 
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Old 12-20-21, 12:22 AM
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Excellent!
I will pick up grounding screws and get er' done..

I bought a couple USB/outlets to replace old receptacles.
It may be a similar situation, I have not pulled the old outlets yet.
I might ask about the receptacle replacement if its not clear..
Thanks for the help.

 
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Worked perfectly!
 
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Good job! Thanks for letting us know how you made out.
 
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Old 12-23-21, 12:24 PM
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Replacing receptacles

It time to upgrade receptacles.
Can you tell me the application as you did for the dimmer?
Thanks...



 

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With receptacles..... the large slot is always neutral or white.
the small slot is always hot or black or in your case red.

Basically a wire for wire swap.
 
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Tight squeeze

Thanks for the info.

I do not have enough space to connect the ground wire..
I didn't want to back off the screw with any more force, seems like it might strip.
Thoughts?








 
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You don't wrap the ground wire. Flatten it out and slide it under the brass plate.
FYI.... this is the same method that GFI receptacles use.
 
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Nothing to it, with a lot of help from you.
All done... Happy holidays and Thanks
 
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Good job and.........

 
 

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