I am an amateur at repairs. I bought a new faceplate for an electrical
outlet that has 2 regular light switches and 1 dimmer switch. It is the
old fashion circular knob for the dimmer. I turned power off, switched
plates and now the dimmer will not turn the light on and off. The new
plate is thicker than the old so I am sure the problem is the metal post
that the dimmer fits over needs to be further out form the base than it
is. Since I can't find instructions on the internet how to install the
old type, I am not sure how to extend the post out further. Do I just turn
it w pliers or do i need an electrician
I doubt that is your problem but you can try taking the round knob off -
just pull - and turning the shaft by hand. When you put the knob back mind
that the shaft has a flat on one side so line the knob up is positioned
correctly and just push it on.
The post isn't extensible.
The switch will dim/bighten the lights when turned clockwise/cc so it
does work. But when pushed in, it does not turn the lights out. I put the
old( thinner plate) back and it works fine.
You do not understand. The on-off is a "push" motion, and it has to
push in far enough to toggle from on to off and back. Putting a spacer
inside the knob so it does not hit the plate fixes it, very simply,
every time. A wad of tissue in the hole works fine.
"> I am an amateur at repairs. I bought a new faceplate for an electrical
*I have encountered that problem with some customer furnished wall plates.
There usually is no adjustment on the center post of the dimmer. You could
try loosening the screws that hold the dimmer to the electrical box so that
the wall plate screws will pull it out enough to function. If that doesn't
work change to a Toggler (AKA Ariadni) type dimmer by Lutron.
Having read your follow-up post you may want to try loosening the screws
that hold the dimmer unit in the box and placing a non-conductive shim
between the back plate and the box. This may not solve your problem with
some of the thicker decorative covers but it is worth trying.
Changing out the dimmer to a twist only model or a switch slider unit should
solve the problem in any case.
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