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My tenant was complaining taht he was getting a shock when he touched a Leviton 104-05611-2WS 15A Decora Single Pole switch for a bedroom closet. My problem is I now cannot figure out how to reconnect the switch. This afternoon I hooked it up and it worked except that this closet light had to be on for the 2 bathroom(s) lights to work and the kitchen as well. I have never seen this problem before. The switch box has two black wires on the left side, one top and one bottom. There is also a black wire on the right side top. There is a ground as well as white wires. When I opened the switch plate to look at the wiring, there were only black wires connected to the switch. Every attempt of me connecting the wires to the switch only get me the result of having to need the closet light on for the lights in the kitchen and baths to work. Totally confused.

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The three black wire are as follows: One is the hot wire. One feeds the closet light. One feeds the lights for the kithen and bath. Turn off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse panel and disconnect all three black wires and be sure they aren't touching anything. Turn the power back on and using a test light or meter determine which black wire is live. Turn the power back off and mark the hot wire with a pen, marker, or piece of electrical tape. Connect the wire you marked with a wire nut to one of the other two black wires. Turn the power back on. If the closet light comes on, that is the wire that you want to connect to one of the terminals of the switch. If the lights in the kitchen and bath now work, leave these wires connected together and connect the third wire to one of the switch terminals. Turn the power back off. While the hot wire and the wire for the kitchen might have both connected to the switch terminal, this is no longer allowed by code. Instead take another piece of wire of the same type and connect it to the hot wire and the kitchen wire with the wire nut and connect the other end to the other switch terminal. There should be a green ground screw terminal attached to the metal frame of the switch. Using a green or bare copper wire connect this to the ground wires in the switch box. Reinstall the switch and turn the power back on. Everything should be good now. If the fuse blows or the breaker trips, replace the switch.

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Call an electrician. You are clearly not qualified or knowledgeable enough to do this work, and you are putting your tenants lives and property in jeopardy.

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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