COMMUNITY FORUM

kitakitty

06:39PM | 11/02/07
Member Since: 09/14/07
5 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
replacing all beige switches/outlets to white colour. (Thrown out all old stuff). Do I need a SPDT for the wall switch. Could that be why I can't get the outlet to work. I've read the bulletin board and believe I need to break the brass link between the 2 halves. Is this in conjunction with a single pole switch or a SPDT switch. Thanks

Billhart

04:59AM | 11/03/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The switch will be the same type thtat is there now. It might be a SPST if that is the only switch that controls. Or a SPDT if part of a 3way or 3way/4way switching.

But yes the brass link needs to be broken if you have one 1/2 switched and 1/2 always on.

http://www.bobvila.com/BBS/Split_Receptacle-Electrical-1-T7835.html#7835

kitakitty

05:26AM | 11/03/07
Member Since: 09/14/07
5 lifetime posts
thank you for the info. unfortunately i had thrown out the old and had paid no attention to type of switch. there are actually 3 switches in the one junction box. 1 for porch 1 for foyer 1 for outlet. replaced all with single pole switches and now only the porch light works. i shall now try 3 way switches for all three switches.

Billhart

08:11AM | 11/03/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
A standard switch will have 2 wires connecting to it. Plus it might have a ground wire (bare or green) depending on the age of the wiring.

A 3 way will have 3 wires. And a 4 way 4 wires.

Don't use a 3way where there are only 2 wires. It will be confusing to the next person. And if not connected correctly it won't work at all.

In most cases the outside light will only be a SPST. The foyer most likely will also be SPST, unless there is more that one entrace into a big foyer and it has switches at more than one enterance.

The living room switch can be a 3way if there are other entrances into the room with switches controlling the receptacel.

If you have any that might be 3way/4way then give me a list of the wires that connect to that switch. If the wiring is in conduit or sheathed electrical cable or bx. And the number of wires and colors in each conduit or cable and what colors connect to each other and what to the switches.

kitakitty

07:30AM | 11/05/07
Member Since: 09/14/07
5 lifetime posts
thanks again Billhart. you explained it very well and now it is all very obvious. everything works.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

As pretty as it is simple to arrange, this window decoration features miniature wreaths hung from red ribbon of varying le... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon