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Where does the fourth (copper wire connect)

New switch has three screw connections, 2 on one side and ground, where does the 4th coppy wire connect. On my old switch there is a 4th screw

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The 4-way terminals are labelled “In” and “Out” (two of each). The mechanics of this switch are simple, in that they either switch the travellers straight through, or criss-cross them.
(2) white wires - 1 on each silver terminal
(2) black wires - 1 on each brass terminal

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Ledio, I am unable to access specific photos on Picassa
https://plus.google.com/106982528064073343888/posts

I have downloaded instruction manual for 1755 rocker switch
This is ordinary triple-rocker-switch to control 3 different loads.
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This is single pole switch for 120Volt, and not suited necessarily for 240Volt loads.
Switch is not for 3-way application as typically found in hallway where 2 switches control same light.

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5) NOT EVERY switch box has a neutral. Or the neutral wires can be twisted together and covered with wire nut and pushed to back of box.
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6) Image of 1755 switch shows 1 screw terminal on the Hot side, so connect Hot wire to this single screw.
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7) Since I cannot see wiring project or know what loads or how the testing comes out, I suggest connect the Hot wire to single screw terminal.
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