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Roy
Combination Switch Installation
Roy

I have a light switch inside garage that powers a backyard light which I occasionally use. Inside that box there are 2 black wires, one hot and the other is not. There are also 2 white wires, and 1 ground Copper wire. 

I bought a combination switch in order to add an outlet to that switch to use because it's kind of close to an exit door. Combination switch has 1 common black screw with a fin bridge to another black screw that's not labeled. On the other side, there's one brass screw with A1 written next to it. On the same side there's a silver colored screw with N written next to it. On the bottom there is a green screw which I know goes for the ground wire.

Now, how do I attach the combination switch with those different white and black wires. I'd like for the light switch to be separate from the power outlet. Thanks.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Combination Switch Installation
HandyAndyInMtAiry

Roy,

Now that is funny : "I'd like for the light switch to be separate from the power outlet". But yet you purchased a combination of a switch and outlet device.

This is a very simple circuit. Brass screws will have power, silver screws will have the neutral(s). There will be no labels or colored screws on a single pole switch. Read the directions that came with the device to determine the power and neutral for the outlet, and then the switch leg for the light. Power will feed both, connect that to the brass screw, or the line side of the device. On the load side of the device, there will be distinct connections that are separate from each other. The neutral from the line will connect to the silver screw on outlet side of the device. For the switch side, you must have power and a neutral. The power is already connected to the line side of the device. The line in to the light will connect to the load side of the switch side of the device. There should be more than a single ground wire. Should have a ground in each collection of conductors. The ground will conenct to the ground screw on the device. The neutrals will all connect together.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Roy
Re: Combination Switch Installation
Roy

Thanks Andy.

One black wire is "hot" whether I turn light on or off. The other black wire gets "hot" only when I turn light switch on. Where would the black wire that's not hot go, could I just leave that alone? I've attached a picture of current set up. 

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HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Combination Switch Installation
HandyAndyInMtAiry

Roy,

You will have current when you close the circuit by putting the switch into one position or the other. That is a basic single pole circuit. That is the switch leg that feeds current to the fixture. Same as on a single pole switch, you have the same thing on one half of the combination device.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Roy
Re: Combination Switch Installation
Roy

I ended up connecting the line hot black wire to common screw terminal. The load wire went to brass screw. White wires went to silver screw, and bare copper wire went to green screw. Bridge was left intact between common black screw and other black screw on same side.

It worked just fine, and outlet works independent of light switch.  Did I get this right?

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Combination Switch Installation
HandyAndyInMtAiry

If that is the way you want it to work. The "bridge" merely places current on both terminals. Sounds like it is.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Roy
Re: Combination Switch Installation
Roy

What would have happened had I put line wire in brass screw and load wire in black common screw?

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