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Ken Fox


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 2:45 am     Reply with quote

It appears you have the black and white wires reversed. Note that the plugs on the strip have the black wires on the right side in your photo. You appear to be feeding the plugs hot side (black wires) with the white wire from the power cord. Not good. You will get 120VAC but the polarity is reversed and can present a shock hazard.

ALSO LOOKS LIKE THE SWITCH IS IN BACKWARDS. Be sure the the terminal numbers are in the order shown below. A cooper colored terminal is hot, not neutral. Neutral terminals are typically silver in color.



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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 5:14 am     Switch? Reply with quote

Ken, thanks for the info. So what you are saying, if I turn the switch around and hook it like I have the wires that will be correct? Other words the black goes in the middle and the jumper black goes from number one to the terminal? And the white wire goes to the plug like I have it in my photo (in other works nothing connects to number three?)....jack
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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 5:22 am     Switch Reply with quote

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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 5:23 am     Switch Reply with quote

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Ken Fox


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 5:23 am     Reply with quote

Look carefully at the drawing again. The white wire from the power cord goes to number 3 and then on to the outlet plug
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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 5:57 am     Reply with quote

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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 6:00 am     Hook up Reply with quote

Ken, everything works as it should but the light stays on all the time, is it ok to use it this way (last photo below)?....thanks jack

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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 6:01 am     Reply with quote

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Ken Fox


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 6:05 am     Reply with quote

Are you sure terminal 3 is on the right?
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Ken Fox


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 6:07 am     Reply with quote

It sounds as if the internal switch contacts may have some shorting from damage. If there is carbon tracking on the contacts the neon might light up I think
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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 6:09 am     Terminal ? Reply with quote

The copper terminal is on the left, where the white wire is attached and then other white jumps to outlet....thanks jack
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Ken Fox


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 6:14 am     Reply with quote

Is the copper terminal #3 or #1? Copper is usually the color for the hot wire
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Ken Fox


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 6:16 am     Reply with quote

I think it's wired right. If it was installed backwards the switch would short out the power cord and blow a breaker
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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2017 6:52 am     Copper Reply with quote

Ken, the copper is number three and it is on the left now....thanks
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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 4:13 pm     Copper Reply with quote

Ken, the copper is number three and it is on the left now....thanks
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Tom Geldner


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 5:02 pm     Reply with quote

Maybe I'm being obtuse, but why not just use a new power strip instead of messing around with the old one? Heck for $15 they have ones that include USB charge ports, wall wort spacing etc.
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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 5:08 pm     Power strip? Reply with quote

Main reason is that it mounts in my PAC a seat, you cannot find one the correct size and if you could you cannot buy one for 15.00....thanks jack
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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 8 Sep 2017 5:59 am     Light? Reply with quote

I installed another new switch just like the one in the photo, everything works as it should. It reads 121 volts in on position and 000 in off position. Anyone have any idea why the light will not go off, also is it safe to use with the light on all the time?....thanks jack
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Mike Wheeler


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Delaware, Ohio, USA
Post Posted 8 Sep 2017 9:18 pm     Reply with quote

Jack, you need to reverse the wires connected to pins 1 and 2 of the switch. Pin 3 is fine, leave it alone.

If you look at Kens diagrams at the top of this page you'll see that the black wire from the power cord should connect to the center pin (pin 2) of the switch. Pin 1 should then be connected to the outlets.

I think you have inadvertently connected the black cord wire to pin 1. This puts the incoming A/C voltage across pins 1 and 3 which powers the lamp constantly regardless of the switch position. This allows the A/C to be turned on and off, but not the lamp.

So, to restate the situation...unsolder the wires from pins 1 and 2, and reverse them. Now the lamp should turn off when you turn the switch off.
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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 9 Sep 2017 5:44 am     What am I missing?mike, Reply with quote

If you will look at my photo (directly above) the black wire is hooked to number two from the power cord and number one is going to the plug. Am I not seeing it right?....thanks jack
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Mike Wheeler


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Post Posted 9 Sep 2017 10:04 am     Reply with quote

If you have it wired as you describe, then the lamp in the switch is not connected across pins 1 and 3....which means your switch does not match the diagram that Ken shows in the above post.

Rather than play a guessing game with these posts, I will advise you to just leave things as they are. Your switch turns the A/C on and off. That's good enough.

If you like, send me one of those switches and I'll draw up a wiring diagram for your power strip, and then return the switch to you. But that's up to you.
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Jack Goodson


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Post Posted 9 Sep 2017 10:29 am     Power switch? Reply with quote

Mike, as long as there is no problem using it as is, I have it installed in the seat and everything works and it check correct with a meter. I thought the number three (the one with the copper color) was where the black wire should connect?....thanks jack
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Bill A. Moore


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Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2017 11:52 am     Reply with quote

Mike, I too was curious, and bought one of the switches just to check to see if it does not match up with the posted circuit. I should get it in a couple of days, and I'll report back.
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Mike Wheeler


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Delaware, Ohio, USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2017 2:53 pm     Reply with quote

OK, thanks, Bill. Let us know what you find after doing some ohmeter checks on it.
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Bill A. Moore


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Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Post Posted 21 Sep 2017 6:41 am     Reply with quote

Interestingly, as Jack found out, ohm meter checks don't help! There is no indication of resistance between pins 2 and 3, but the light is wired between the two!
The correct wiring to make the light work with the switch:
#1 Hot in
#2 Hot out
#3 Neutral
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