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ImThatGuy : 8/7/2017 10:29 am
sorry in advance for the long post ... just looking for some guidance


  • we had some wiring put in for a fan, light switch dimmer
  • apparently he put in a module to control both the light and fan (see link below) and it appeared to work properly
  • after he left I noticed that the other switches next to it got a little crooked during the install so i took the face plate and attempted to just realign slightly and poof. sparks flew and circuit blew
  • turns out he didn't cap the ground on the switch that he installed so presumably while i was doing some aligning it must have touched a hot wire and shorted the circuit. awesome
  • i get everything else back working but the fan/light wont even work. I call Lutron and they say that during the short it probably blew the module and I need a new one
  • i go to Home Depot and buy a new module that he installed and re-installed (switch and canopy piece)
  • the fan now gets power but the switches aren't controlling it. The support for Lutron tells me that sometimes there is noise on the line causing issues and I should shut off all other circuits and try to reset the module. I shut off almost all other circuits n the house but still no luck


Any ideas on what to do next? Call another electrician?
this module - ( New Window )
It is most likely not wired correctly  
loafin : 8/7/2017 10:38 am : link
Why not have the original electrician come back and fix it?

RE: It is most likely not wired correctly  
ImThatGuy : 8/7/2017 10:41 am : link
In comment 13551446 loafin said:
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Why not have the original electrician come back and fix it?


Fair point ... but this guy did some remodeling of our kitchen and was very awful to work with, don't want him coming back. I'm just not going to fully pay him.

Plus I'm sure he'll find a way to blame me for causing the issues
Could be  
Beer Man : 8/7/2017 10:57 am : link
a bad switch.
Let's see, you were moving switches around  
oghwga : 8/7/2017 12:04 pm : link
In a live circuit and shorted it out and blew the module and you think he might blame you? Preposterous!
RE: Let's see, you were moving switches around  
ImThatGuy : 8/7/2017 12:31 pm : link
In comment 13551599 oghwga said:
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In a live circuit and shorted it out and blew the module and you think he might blame you? Preposterous!


thing is I didn't actually move anything i started to unscrew the switches to realign and they blew ... done a fair amount of electrical work and didn't think this was really possible
Why  
ThatLimerickGuy : 8/7/2017 10:52 pm : link
Are you working on electrical outlets without first flipping the breaker? Once the switch plate is off that is your next step.

If you are as experienced as you say and have been working that way you should count your lucky stars that you haven't been seriously injured.
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