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Can you please let me know how to wire in a GSW-31 pull chain switch interupter. Thankyou

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
You wire it up in series... Usually you cut the black wire and install the switch wires between the cut wires. All the switch does is open 1/2 of the circuit. (one leg) If your power wire is not black then find the power wire attach one side of the wire to incoming power and attach the other side of the switch to the load / light / fan / what ever.

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Wiring diagram to rewire


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Spring loaded connectors that hold wire into each hole


Hi Chris,

According to page 31 of the brochure, the switch accepts up to a #18 gauge wire ans is suitable for a 6 amp load at 125 volts or a 3 amp load at 250 volts. I recommend use of a solid conductor for this switch - but you could use a stranded wire type with similar results if you "tin" (solder) the wires first. I would not recommend the use of stranded wires with this switch. If you attempt to push a larger wire into the terminal opening, you could damage the spring metal contacts - rendering them inoperable.

The National Electrical Code limits the smallest sized wires installed in buildings to a #14 gauge wire. This is two sizes greater than the 18 gauge wire allowed by this switch. For this reason, the switch is designed to interconnect fixture wires only - not for use between the home wiring and the fixture wires.

If you need to connect a switch between the home wiring and the fixture, you should use a switch that has wire leads on it already, or install a short length of the smaller 18 gauge wire with an insulation rated for at least the voltage of the circuit (thermostat, doorbell, network, telephone wire is NOT acceptable) into the switch, and use a wirenut to connect the home wiring to the 18 gauge wires.

I hope this helps & good luck!

May 26, 2012 | Gardner Bender Gsw-34 3 Speed Pull Chain...

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We have green, black, brown and gray wires coming from the fan. Where are they connected into the GSW-34 switch?


Replacing 4-wire 3-way pull-chain switch is usually not that simple, since old and new switches might not be compatible and should be tested first using multimeter or continuity tester.

Open following link for step-by-step testing to see if old and new switches are compatible:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-Cooper-277-pilot-light-switch.html#3-speed

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Sep 04, 2011 | Gardner Bender Gsw-34 3 Speed Pull Chain...

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How to replace a 3 speed pull chain


Open following link for illustration and instructions:
As a general rule, the new 3-speed switch has to have same number of wires (either 3 or 4).
The new switch and old switch have to match electrically, which means the old and new switches have to be tested with a continuity tester or multimeter (both testers available at local hardware).
Testing is necessary because wire colors do not always match and because each pull chain can activate different wire or combination of wires.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-Cooper-277-pilot-light-switch.html#3-speed

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Aug 28, 2011 | Gardner Bender Gsw-34 3 Speed Pull Chain...

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I am replacing the gsw-34 3 sp. pull chain switch . i have the wires marked. do i have to cut the wires off the old switch or do they release somehow? they are the stab connectors.


There are 2 type switches. First type will have spring loaded connectors that hold wire into each hole. To remove these, press on slot on bottom of switch with a little screwdriver & pull wire out. Repeat for each wire. Each wire on switch has a number. Just push wire in replacement switch with corresponding number & it will click in & stay in. The other type switch will have little wire nuts attached to each individual wire within 6 inches of switch. Untwist each wire & reattach to new switch.

Apr 04, 2011 | Gardner Bender Gsw-34 3 Speed Pull Chain...

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How do I know which wire coming from the GSW-SK switch is the hot or black and which is the white or neutral?


It doesn't matter. The switch is just a normally "on" switch so it just breaks and activates the power to the light.
I generally, just for my personal way, I look for a thin stripe on the wiring, ro a small bead along the casing and us that as a reference, but in that switch, it makes on difference. I used the thin line as "negative" for myself but just for reference.

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I am replacing the 3 speed fan switch in a ceiling fan. Upon removal of the old switch (due to a cracked/broken screw port), I noted the secific wire and color that was located in each of the four...


Use a continuity tester on old switch.
There will be 1 main wire that connected to power >>> power flows through this wire to the switch and feeds the other 3 wires > each time you click switch, power will flow to one of the other three wires

The do the same test on new switch. Match up wires accordingly.

If you don't have a multimeter, buy inexpensive continuity tester at hardware store.
Continuity tester is basically a flashlight battery and flashlight bulb that lights up when the circuit is closed

Oct 16, 2010 | Gardner Bender Gsw-34 3 Speed Pull Chain...

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Trying to install - don't know which wire is the "line", which is load "A", etc.


Hi there, Without getting technical, I'm going to assume you have two wire's coming out of your fixture - which you've already identified as the line (aka. power/hot leg), and load (switch leg). And, you want to know which side of the switch to splice (connect/hook) these wires to? Well, on a switch, it doesn't matter. You should have two wires coming from your pull chain switch, right? If so, then connect one wire (fixture) to one wire (switch)  - and the other wire (fixture) to the other wire (switch). And you should be good to go. Now remember, before you begin to work on this fixture, to please turn OFF the power going to the fixture. I always do as licensed electrician, and I always make this part of my practice when helping others, that they do the same. Thanks! As I said from the beginning..."Without getting technical"; I'm double checking with you that you are absolutely sure that you have, and know - the wires coming from the fixture - are for sure, the line and load wire's. Because if not, then please contact me with the information you do have - and then I'll help walk you through with it. I hope this helps, and works for you. Good Luck! - JR

May 09, 2010 | Gardner Bender Gsw-34 3 Speed Pull Chain...

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Wiring Door jamb switch


I'm going to guide you on how to create what is known as a "switch leg".
1- run a 12-2 w/ground wire to the light fixture from new switch.
2- connect black wire "hot wire" to the shiny bronze tinted terminal on switch.
3- connect the white wire " neutral " to the silver connection on switch.
4- connect the naked copper wire " ground " to the ground terminal on switch
5- Disconnect the two white wires in the junction box from each other.
6- Connect the ground to ground in j-box
7- Connect the black to one of the whites in j-box
8- connect the white to the other white in j-box
9- wire nut and tape all connections
Oh and be sure that you turn off the breaker before you start. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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