Simple switch...not simple problem

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Old 07-05-18, 07:02 AM
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Simple switch...not simple problem

I have a basic light switch that is not at the end of the circuit. Using two wire Romex with ground. I have the two white wires connected to each other. I have both ground wires connected to the green screw on the switch. I have one black wire on the silver screw and the other on the brass screw on the switch. When I test the power by turning the breaker on before putting everything back in the wall it works fine. I put in back in the wall and once the switch is on for 10-15 seconds it pops. Light bulb is still good.....circuit breaker doesn't blow. I am not an electrician but have wired dozens of switches. Am I losing my mind or have I missed something?
 
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Old 07-05-18, 08:27 AM
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I would make sure you don't have bare wires touching or the sides of the switch touching the enclosure when you button things up. If that doesn't do it I would replace the switch with a new one.
 
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Old 07-05-18, 08:29 AM
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I have one black wire on the silver screw and the other on the brass screw on the switch.
An ordinary switch has tow brass screws. What kind of switch is it?
 
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Yup....checked that the second time it happened. Thanks!
 
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Don't remember the brand but it's just a single pole, white rocker switch
 
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Old 07-05-18, 09:24 AM
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I put in back in the wall and once the switch is on for 10-15 seconds it pops. Light bulb is still good.....circuit breaker doesn't blow.
If the circuit breaker doesn't "blow" ..... what is popping ?
You either have power to that switch or you don't.
 
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