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mnyhammer

09:47AM | 11/20/05
Member Since: 11/19/05
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
How do I wire this and especially since I have 5 (yes "5" sets of wires) coming into the electrical box where this needs to go?????

Melissa

Billhart

02:41PM | 11/20/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
What is are these switches suppose to control?

How was it wired in before?

Or if this is a new installation then you should know what the 5 sets of wires are far.

Are you talking about a 2 gang box with 2 different switches or a two switches on a yoke?

If the latter then do you have power from 2 different circuits or just one circuit.


househelper

04:56AM | 11/21/05
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
My guess would be that you have one cable that brings power in, two that carry power out, and two that go to the lights. You will need to determine which is which. If this is what you have then:

The combo switch will have an incoming hot attached to the side with two screws in the center and the blacks from each of the cables going to the lights attached to each of the screws on the other side. All the whites would be tied together and the in/out blacks tied together along with a pigtail to the switch.

That description will be

househelper

04:57AM | 11/21/05
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
see title

mnyhammer

08:04AM | 11/22/05
Member Since: 11/19/05
3 lifetime posts
It is one electrical box with two switches...one for a light over the window and one for the garbage disposal in the sink. The previous wiring is what was causing the light switch to have a burn on it. So, I didn't really want to wire it back the same way and even when I tried to it blew the circuit breaker off. I tested the wires and figured out that of course one set was for the disposal, one for the light, one traveling on to other overhead lights in the dining room and kitchen. I assumed (I know not good) that one of the remaining sets would be the main power from the breaker box and the last set had no voltage. ???????

Melissa

mnyhammer

08:10AM | 11/22/05
Member Since: 11/19/05
3 lifetime posts
Thanks, that is exactly what I did...I found the black for the light above the window and the black for the disposal and connected them to the right side of the switch and tied all the whites together in the box and then found the main and connected it to the the left side and then pigtailed the remaining blacks to the other left side screw. And it worked!!!! I also found that one of the blacks had no voltage and the other gave power to the overhead light in the dining room!!!

Thanks again!!!

Melissa
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