I just finished replacing a 48 year old wall switch that goes to the front door overhead light. For reasons that are too numerous to go into here I had to connect two hot wires by putting them both under a single terminal screw. Is this a safe practice? The guy at home Depot's electrical department - said it was no problem. FYI, it's 14 gauge on a 15 amp switch.
It's hooked to a fluorescence light outside and the light seems to go on it to stages - first dim and then full bright. I don't know if this has anything to do with the switch replacement or the cold. I simple don't want to burn the house down.
Any input would be appreciated.