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None of my outlets work in my bedroom, About 4 days, Myself

Good afternoonJA: Hello. What is your issue regarding?Customer: None of my outlets work in my bedroomJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: About 4 daysJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Myself and a friendJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I don't have a actual light that's attached to the ceiling it is a lamp that uses the light switch

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I am replacing a single pole light switch with a smart

HelloJA: Hello. What do you want help with?Customer: I am replacing a single pole light switch with a smart dimmer. I have 2 black wires (1 on a copper screw, 1 in a hole of the switch) and 1 red wire. From what I understand the black wires can go together and are my line wire. The red is the load?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: 10-15 min.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: I do.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No. The power is off.

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Mike G.

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I am trying to wire up a three-way automic timer(Defiant

Hi. I am trying to wire up a three-way automic timer(Defiant model # 32648). Here is my delima. I have a red wire that shows a voltage, a black wire that shows a voltage, a black wire that has no voltage and of course a white wire or neutral. I don't know which is the traveler, hot or line. How do I determine this? I have tried several combinations I can get the power to light up the switch but when I turn it on or off nothing happens.

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George Smith

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A chandelier in my dining room which has several light bulbs

A chandelier in my dining room which has several light bulbs in it...a couple of them started to flash/spark and then the circuit was tripped off. There was a terrible smell. Two of the bulbs were burned out when I turned it back on. What do I need to do. ?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this? What confuses you?Customer: Jut happenedJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: NoJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not that I can think of

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Trying to use and leviton z wave light switch to replace old

Trying to use and leviton z wave light switch to replace old and realized I on have three wires in the box. Black, white and ground. How do I wire? The new switch has black, white, ground and load.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: A couple of hoursJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Nothing I can think of. Except it is a three gang box.

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George Smith

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Having trouble replacing a bad motion sensing light switch

Having trouble replacing a bad motion sensing light switch in my home laundry room with a normal toggle switch. Light would not come on so after replacing several bulbs decided to replace the old (Seldon Used Motion sensing switch) I verified the bulb is good by testing in a working lamp. Coming into the light switch box are 3 sets of 3 wires. GROUND: The 3 bare ground wires are wraped together with a wire nut on the end. WHITE: The 3 white wires are tied together with a wire nut. BLACK: Confusing wiring. 2 of the black wires are tied together with a wire nut together with a 3rd short ~4" Back wire extension.(I think so that it is easier to connect it up to the switch? SO 2 wires basically become one wire. The 3rd Black wire coming into the switch box is by itself and looks like it is ready to attach to the switch. (Unfortunately I did not take any pics when I removed the old 3 wire motion sensing light.When I connect the 2 black wires to the single black wire the light does not come on. Also when connecting them to the switch it does not come on. I tested the toggle switch on and off with the continuity tester mode on my meter and the switch is good.VOLTAGES MEASURED:1) 3 Bundled Bare Ground wires to 3 Bundles White Wires = 15V2) 3 Bundled Bare Ground to 2 Bundle Black Wires = 120V3) 3 Bundled Bare Ground to single black wire = 15V4) 2 Black Wires to 3 Bundled White Wires = 65V5) 2 Black Wires to 1 Black wire = 65 V6) 3 Bundle White Wires to single black wire = 0VNOTE. The Electrical outletts in the laundry room(2) also do not seem to be working right. I measure 65V across the 2 slots that should be 120. But I do measure 125V between the Ground pin hole at the bottom and the Right Side slot It seems that they did work last time we tried to use them for the iron.Q1: is there a fix I can make in the switch box that will fix the light and the outlets so they all have 120V accross them?Q2: Should I be concerned that between the ground and one of the wires is 120V. Or will that get fixed when I fix the light switch box.Q3: DO I need an electrician to fix this or can you talk me thru or describe what I need to do to fix this?

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Mike G.

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Second opinion] Wiring questions related to switching a

Second opinion] Wiring questions related to switching a standard light switch out with a tplink smart switch

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Wiring questions related to switching a standard light

Wiring questions related to switching a standard light switch out with a tplink smart switch

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When installing the Leviton Decora Smart Dimming Light

When installing the Leviton Decora Smart Dimming Light Switch is it necessary to have the following wires available coming out of the junction? Ground, Neutral, Live (Black) and Load? I only have a total of three, Ground, Neutral and LiveJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Really just today. I have tried several wiring combinations and my lights do not turn onJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: I may have to bring in an electrician. The apartment had been renovated recently by the building owner. I don't know if the Load wire is a requirement for this Leviton Decora Smart switch. Currently, the lights work fine with the installed single pole switchJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Installing the switch yes. adding an additional wire, I think is beyond my capabilities.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: The installation of the decora smart switch is pretty straightforward. I just need help troubleshooting it so that the lights turn on when I turn the circuit breaker back on.

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Mike G.

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