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Michelle
Help with wiring.

I have a light switch that I need to replace & it has 3 wires (red, yellow & black I’ll post pictures of what I am talking about) and I am not sure what they are. I am wanting to replace that switch & also run wires to a new outlet with the new outlet having constant power separate from the switch. I am new to this type of stuff & I do not have money to pay anyone or anything other than google to ask for advice until I found this site.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Help with wiring.

Michelle,

Seeing the type of tools that you have, which is not the correct type of electrical meter. Hire a qualified electrician before your burn the house to the ground. Electricity is not a DIY type of thing for someone with no experience. You can kill yourself, someone else, or cause a fire really easy.

You should never tie power and lights on the same circuit. There are many rules that you need to follow. That USB charging outlet requires a ground, which you do not have.

Hire a professional

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Michelle
Re: Help with wiring.

If I provide more pictures would you help me? I found the junction box I can take pictures of it pointing out the wires that lead to that switch if that would help. Also, that tool you are talking about I use only to tell me if I’m going to get zapped I have a voltage meter but have no clue how to use it.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Help with wiring.

Michelle,

Every house and every circuit in a house is different. That looks like a 3-way switch, not a single pole. You really need to always use a voltage meter that tells you exactly how much voltage is present, not just something that shows there may be voltage. You always need to know exactly how much is there. Like I said, I would never put power and lights on the same circuit. In some areas, that is actual against code. Ther color of the insulation has very little to do with the amount of voltage/current flowing thru that wire. There are just way too many variables that someone with no experience should try to work on. As I also stated, the USB device requires a neutral and a ground. I see neither in your pictures. older wires were not required to have a ground. But modern circuits do require them.

Contact a professional Electrician to come out and see exactly what you have. They can tell you what you have within a few minutes of seeing the conductors and taking voltage measurements and resistance measurements. This is not like painting a room. You may not get a second chance if something goes wrong.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Michelle
Re: Help with wiring.

Ok thank you.

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