Help. My mother and I rewired a mess of wires under the ceiling fan to fix an outlet and outside light that did not have any power. The outlet works fine, but the light is a mess. When we turn the circuit breaker on, the light comes on, but when we try to turn the light off at the switch the circuit breaker trips.
It sounds like you have wired it so that when the switch is supposed be turning off the light it is actually turning on the switch and the wiring is such that it is shorting out the 115V from the panel. It is common to run a single cable from a light fixture to the switch and wire it so that one lead is the "hot" lead and the other is the switched lead back from the switch. (The "white" lead from the switch is not really a neutral wire but a switched hot lead. When I wire a switch this way I always color code the white wire with colored tape. no questions about it being a neutral then.) You need to trce out where all the wires go from the box that you did the rewiring in and then see if you can do what you want.
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