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Wiring help Hello. I have a problem and I'm not sure where to get help. I'm not working on any particular product. I am trying to make something. I would like to make a box with two 120V outlets in it. One controlled by a toggle switch, the other controlled by a float switch. I thought I could just wire it up with the entry point possitive to negative, but I only get 32V on the second outlet, and about 3 to 5 volts on the first outlet. Thank you for any help you can offer.

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  • the_jaydog Nov 28, 2008

    Yes, I think this worked. I realized that what I needed was a switch with two outputs. I went to radio shack and bought one and it fixed the problem. I know that I couldn't have done it without help from you guys. Thanks

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    Kevin O'Brien May 11, 2010

    Did you do wire it like this?

  • Kevin O'Brien
    Kevin O'Brien May 11, 2010

    Did you do it like this?

  • kuwaitim
    kuwaitim May 11, 2010

    Are the toggle switch and the float switch rated for 120V?

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You seem to be misunderstanding something. The drawing which Blue Dog posted above shows a common power source connected to two separate switches. (one being your toggle switch, the other your float switch)

It does not show a single-pole, double-throw switch. (aka: a switch with two outputs)

Based on your earlier comment regarding "positive to negative" I assume that you were using a DC voltmeter. AC voltage is neither positive, or negative and it requires an AC voltage tester.

BTW:Be sure to observe correct polarity on all of your connections:
Silver colored screws: Neutral line
Copper colored screws: 120v line

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Sorry for my failed graphics!  You should do it like this, and like kuwaitim says, make sure everything is rated for your voltage.wiring help - 6a0feea.jpg

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