Hi all, once again i’m calling in the superstars (s’up @Bry) to solve one last wiring question. The last dimmer i have to put in is the most potentially complex. The existing switch controlled an outlet, and was also a part of a 2-gang with a dumb switch that controls an exterior light. It’s the outlet one i’d like to replace.
I’m not even sure where to start with this one so i thought i’d post pictures before i start tearing it apart and get advice on how to proceed and exactly what to test.
Here’s the outlet side:
The outlet has four wires, all coming in from the bottom (nothing leaves the top). Two of the wires go to the “hot” terminals on the outlet, and one goes on the neutral side. the black wire on the left comes up out of the bottom of the outlet, gets tied in a wire nut, and then leaves back out the bottom without connecting to anything else.
The switch side:
Apologies if the pics aren’t super helpful, i’m happy to provide any additional details.
on the 2-gang switch side, three wires come up out of the bottom of the box to the dimmer switch. One goes into the hot side of the switch, then comes back out of the switch on the same terminal, goes over to the dumb switch’s hot side, loops around the terminal there and leaves the top (basically a “load side daisy chain”).
A second wire starts at the dumb switch’s second “hot” terminal and exits the top of the box.
Another wire (i’m assuming the red you can see in both places) comes out of the bottom and goes to the “load” side of the dimmer switch.
The last wire that comes out of the bottom goes into the wire nut, which ties it to two wires that leave out the top, presumably to the exterior light. Nothing is attached to the neutral side of either switch.
So totalling that all up:
Outlet: 4 wires come out the bottom, none out the top (including one that basically just comes into the box and does a u-turn)
Switch: 3 come into the box, four leave the top
All that being said, apologies for the lack of information at the outset, but A) i was almost afraid to mess with what was currently there, as it’s the most confusing setup to date, and B) we’re in the middle of a thuderstorm, which would make disassembly without natural light in the room difficult.
Given what we know so far, i’ve got two questions - 1) how would i replace the dimmer to control the outlet, much like i have for previous ones on this floor, and 2) is there a way to make this wiring setup cleaner? I feel like there’s a lot of extra loops and such that don’t need to be there, but that may just be my OCD kicking in.
What are the next steps to look at/disassemble/investigate?
Thanks all for you your help, as always!