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I have three old cloth electrical wires coming out of a cable and their colors have faded. i can not detemine which are hot and neutral, any sugestions?

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Get out the tester and try one with the other end of the tester on a piece of metal in the box. If it is not grounded, it won't light up, but you can test it against the other 2 wires, Both neutral and ground will light up the tester with the hot wire, if you touch 2 wires and nothing happens, assume they are white and neutral. so the last one is hot. Only in a very modern fuse box where everything is polarized, ( and you have cloth wires so I don't think this is you), will a white wire differ from ground. They are both bolted to the same bar in the panel. Hope this helps.

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As you have realized, screw color is the key.
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2) Wire going to Load (light,fan, motor) connects to brass colored screw.

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Side 2 of device: Other side has 2 separate and unconnected screws. These screws are not connected in any way. Each of the 2 disconnected screws sits opposite the switch and opposite the plug.

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