I have a circuit with power to some of the lights/plugs on it and others dont have power. Narrowed down the search to the problem to a light switch
. Narrowed it down to that box because when you turned the light switch off (just slightly pushing down), it made a crackling sound and I noticed power to all the plugs and lights that were previously off worked. However, when you turned the switch completely on or off, they didnt work.
At first i thought it was going to be an easy fix - get a new switch. Unhooked and hooked lines back on....and nothing. No fix.
That light switch box has 3 sets of wires coming into the box.
Two of the lines are powered by one circuit. The whites wires from these two lines are tied together and blacks are seperated. One of the black wires is hooked to the switch, the other is not. The wire that was not, was cut back to the plastic and just sitting in there.
The other line coming in has the white hooked to the switch and the black hooked to the switch.
When both circuits are turned on, my voltage meter shows all wires to the switch as hot (including white).