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I replaced a three-way toggle switch, wiring it exactly the way it was and now it doesn't work. It has two upper brass screws on the side as well as two lower black screws. Also a green screw that I thought was the ground. Since there was no ground wire attached to the broken switch, I didn't worry about having one attached to the new switch. Also, the old switch was a 15 amp and the new one 20 amp, but I didn't think that would make a difference since I was going bigger instead of smaller. Arg. Help?

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You installed a 4-way switch as evidenced by 2 dark screws and 2 brass screws.
3-way switch has 2 brass and 1 dark.
Ground wire is not required.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011


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