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I am trying to replace a 1 toggle switch along with a receptacle with a 2 toggle switch. The present toggle switch controls an outside light. I am planning to put a small hard waired light on the inside from the bottom toggle. The hot (black) wire along 1 white wire come into the box in the lower right corner and the black and white wire from light come in the upper left corner. I attempted to put both black wires on the side of switch on the same screw and both white wires on the other side on the same screw. With power on and switch in the "off" position, the outside light is on and then putting it in the "on" position, it blews a fuse?

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I specialize in wiring devices and timers.
You are adding a new light.
You need to wire a switch to the new light.
The existing box has a switch and receptacle.

Here's where I am confused:
I am uncertain if the original switch and receptacle are a single device.
Of if you have separate switch and separate receptacle?

And then:
What kind of device are you adding, a single switch?
Are you replacing the receptacle with a switch?
Or are you installing a double switch as shown below?
Add a comment and tell me the devices you are working with and the color of the screws on sides of each devices and I will get it wired correctly for you.
I am trying to replace a 1 toggle switch along - geno_3245_12.jpg
The double toggle switch shown above has brass screws on one side and silver screws on the other side.
The brass screws are connected by a brass plate.
The silver screws on the other side of the device are separate.
The hot wire connects to the brass screw.
The outdoor light connects to one of the silver screws.
The new light connects to the other silver screw.

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The way you described your wiring, the hot (black) wire and one white (neutral) wire come into the box. This hot wire should connect to the side with a single terminal or in some cases two screws, but with a small jumper between screws. The black to the light would connect to one of the two terminals on the other side of the switch (these are separated by plastic). The neutrals (white) would be connected together. Now if you want to add a new light you'll have to run a hot and neutral to it too. Connect it's black wire to the other switched terminal, and the neutral with the other 2 white wires. The reason the light stayed on is that you had both wires under one terminal. The reason it blew a fuse is that when you turned the switch on it was a dead short from the hot to the neutral. Hope this helps. Please respond if it did.

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