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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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

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

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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Mar 26, 2011 | Gardner Bender Gsw-31 Pull Chain Switch...

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Need a replacement, where do I get one?

If I understand correctly you have a 3-speed fan.
And you need a 3-speed replacement pull-chain-type switch

Lowes carries 3 speed fan switches in the light fixture department.
These switches have multiple wires.
At any given time, there is one-and-only-one wire that connects to power from wall switch.
Lets call this the Power wire.
As you pull the chain, the power passes through the switch and goes to one-and-only-one of the other wires.
The other wires connect to windings in the motor.
The different motor windings control fan speed.

The key to replacing the switch is recording where each wire went before you disconnect old switch.
Once you know which of these wires is the Power wire, then you can test other wires with a continuity tester.
You also know the pull-chain sequence is OFF - HIGH - Medium - Low
Mark wires in fan and mark wires on old switch.
Pull out old switch.
Use regular electrical tester to find which wire in the fan is the power wire (separate wires, turn on power and test each wire to metal part of fan)
Now test the switch wires.
The switch is out of the fan.
You marked the wires so you know which wire is power wire.
Put the continuity tester on the power wire.
Test power wire to each of the other wires.
Click the switch and test to each of the other wires. Mark which wire lights up continuity tester.
Click the switch and test again. Mark which wire lights up continuity tester.
Click again, until each wire is marked in the sequence.
When you click the switch and no wire lights up, then that is the Switch OFF position.
Do the same test on the new pull-chain switch.
Connect the wires to match your testing.

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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

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Pull Chains Replacement

Replacements are available at Home Depot and Lowes. This is a regular 4-wire single-layer switch.

Mark the old wires, so you know which ports they go to in the switch (marked L, 1, 2, and 3) -- then remove the old wires by pressing a paper clip into the hole of each wire while pulling firmly on the wire. Then just push the wires into the new switch, into the marked holes.

I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask!

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