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I have a swith and an outlet in one box I connected the juice from the outlet to the swith and every time I turn off the swith my circuit braker goes down. How do I fix that?

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If your circuit breaker trips when you flip the switch to the off position you have a short. I would encourage you to contact an electrician to correct that problem before you cause damage to the product you are trying to control, yourself or your house.

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