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I have a Gardner Bender 3 speed pull chain switch I am trying to replace on a ceiling fan. The switch did not come with attached wires so I stripped the existing wires and marked where they go. How do I insert the stripped wires into the switch? When I try and push the stripped twisted wires into the slots, they just bend and don't go all the way in.

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    Handie Andie Apr 03, 2011


    Are there screw connections also? It is always best to use the screw connections. Most electricians will tell you that the stab type connectors come loose often. Do not use them myself.
    Stranded wire is not used for stab connections.

    If that is the only connection possible, please write back.

    Hope this helps. If it does, please place a vote for me. Thanks,

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