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Discussion in 'Wackbag Home Improvement & Car Repair' started by Mommadeez4u, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

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    I have a 3 season greenhouse where we brought power out a few years back, I have a bunch of outdoor- rated receptacles on a different circuit & some overhead lights controlled by this switch: [​IMG]

    The receptacles work fine but overhead lights no worky. I brought 1 of the bulbs inside & it works (in fact all 3 bulbs look good). Circuit breaker not popped at box, not sure how to test this switch (or even if that's the best thing to do next). Do I need 1 of the, whaddayacallit, voltmeters?

    edit: 'we brought power out' means I paid some fellers to do it, I know fuck-all about fancy electrical lights
     
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  2. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

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    Ummm first tip is I would put that wire in conduit... and get a new switch like a $5 item...
     
  3. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

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    When you say new switch, do you mean that whole unit?
     
  4. maz

    maz TRueWDTer

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    Radio Shack has cheap , pocket sized meters for like 10-20 bucks

    Those bulbs regular , screw-in incandescents ?
     
  5. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

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    Just the switch inside the housing... typically it just a regular household toggle switch in those...
     
  6. gorram

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    If it is a regular switch then all it does is interrupt the "hot" wire which is the black one. You just need to come up with a way to join the 2 black leads together and flip the breaker back on long enough to verify that the lights come back on.

    If you had a meter then you could test there is in fact power coming in on the bottom wire feeding the switch 120v ac. You could also test with the continuity setting that the switch reads open when "off" or short when "on".

    Simple bypass would be to join the 2 screws together on the side of the switch with a piece of wire, just make sure it is not touching any bare metal when doing so.
     
  7. maz

    maz TRueWDTer

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    At least get one of those little screwdriver looking voltage checkers
    They come in handy sometimes
    Not much for checking Grounds
    But good for checking available voltage

    They are cheap too
    Maybe even find one with the Christmas lights
    Just make sure it measures 120 VAC
     
  8. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

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    yep
     
  9. Haeder

    Haeder South Dakota

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    Take off the face plate of the switch box, remove the switch and replace it with a new one. Tools required: a flat head screwdriver. Either that or hire a real man to do it for you.

     
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  10. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

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    Thanks, video helpful.

    Thanks, your mom's already on my speed dial
     
  11. Haeder

    Haeder South Dakota

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    Can I have her number?

    She's been dead since 1995.
     
  12. CougarHunter

    CougarHunter Lying causes cat piss smell.

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    Kinky
     
  13. THE FEZ MAN

    THE FEZ MAN as a matter of fact i dont have 5$

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    oh just take the cover off and jab around with a screw driver if it sparks you got power
     

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