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Electrical Question From Robert About Light Switch Wiring


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Question: My wife and i just found out that when our house was built in 1972 the electrician or contractor that built this house, instead of using a third wire on 3-way switches they used the bear ground wire for their 3rd wire

Electrical Question about: Light Switch Wiring

Received from Robert a Homeowner in Maudlin, South Carolina

Question: My wife and i just found out that when our house was built in 1972 the electrician or contractor that built this house, instead of using a third wire on 3-way switches they used the bear ground wire for their 3rd wire. can I go back on the contractor and make him fix this after 38 yrs?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question.
After 38 years I really doubt that any type of home warranty is still in effect.
One alternative would be to remove this illegal practice and install x-10 switch modules.
You may pass this incident by your home insurance company and the local building officials.

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