I recently redid an upstairs room in my house and installed new
three-prong outlets in each of the fixtures. Each of them has been
grounded. Two of them are on one circuit and work fine. The third
one appears to be wired to a wall switch.
The switch that was already installed is, according to the printing on
it, is a three-way five-amp switch. Only two wires connect to this
switch (black and white according to my home's wiring code; I'm in the
USA). When I throw this switch, one of the circuit breakers
downstairs trips and lights in an adjoining room turn off. I was
worried that the switch might be wired in backwards, but that doesn't
seem to have any effect.
Nothing is plugged into any of the outlets in this room. Is there
something obviously wrong here?
Replies in email as I don't check this group often.
Yeah, either you're a troll fishing for 100 similar answers to
the same stupid question, or you're legit and in that case need
to call an electrician before you burn your house down.
if a: Nice try, take a hike
if b: what ever made you think you know enough to do this???
Sounds like you wired a direct short across the switch. Also seems that the
existing 3-way switch may have been used as a regular switch. Look in the
box that has the switched outlet, if you connected all the white wires
together, that may be the problem. The white wire in the cable that goes to
the switch is part of the switch wiring, _not_ the neutral. Your actual
wiring may differ.
This website has lots of wiring diagrams that should help you determine your
actual wiring and the correct connections to make.
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