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I keep blowing the breaker when i hook the switch up every time i turn it on. i have already put in a bigger breaker. this is an old house with old loop and bulb wireing.

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If your breaker is triping you have a short somewhere if you have a meter turn power off and set the meter to continuiny or the setting to see if you have a open line if it has a beeping function that will work . you have three wires white-neutral black-hot green-ground . if you clip one lead to ground say on a metal box or the ground wire and with the power off you should get a beep with the neutral wire but the hot side should not beep if it does it means it is shorted to ground and you have to trace it from there to find the proplem a bigger breaker will not change the problem please write me back if you need more help will talk on phone to run you through problem

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