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[ad#block]Electrical Repair Question: I have hot wires and ground to a switch that operate a light. I want to be able to turn it on and off but unable to do so. It turns on correctly but blows circuit switch every time the switch is toggled off. The wiring must be installed incorrectly. Please provide wiring suggestions and type of switch required for this application. Will a single pole switch work? I have three wires to the switch ground and two hot. I want to be able to switch power on and off the the appliance – light.

Thanks in advance for your help.

This electrical question came from: Howard, a Homeowner from Traubco Canyon, CA
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repair question Howard.

Electrical Repair Tips To Help with Electrical Troubleshooting Light Switches

Howard, check your wiring according to the wiring diagrams that are available through the links that I have provided. You obviously have something wired wrong within your light fixture circuit.

Based on your question Howard, the following may help with you Electrical Repairs:

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Wiring a Light Switch – Diagram 1

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You identified your project to be about Troubleshooting, so you might find this information useful:
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Howard, you stated you were a Homeowner, so you may find the information found at this link to be helpful:
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