Hi, I’m new here! I’m sorry this is a little long, but it’s been a long 2 days and I want to make sure I provide as much detail as possible about what I’m working with:
My wife and I just bought a house, and I am very excited about making it a smart house. My Smartthings hub is still in the box waiting for our internet coming in 2 days, and while I wait to get the system set up I was getting my switches wired and in place.
This is my first go at electrical work, but I studied up on the forums here and got a pretty good idea of what I would be looking at. When I pulled the first switch out, it was pretty straightforward - I got it right out of the gate. I am installing GE Z-Wave dimmer switches for the most part (1 in, 1 in progress, and 4 more to install after that).
My issue came up when I went after my 2nd switch - one in my kitchen connecting 2 lights, and sharing a 2-gang box with a GFCI outlet. I don’t think the lights were there before the house was renovated (built in 1975, professionally reno’d right before we bought it), and when I opened up the outlet it was a rat’s nest. I’m pretty sure the electrician was a sadist.
Originally, the switch had 3 lines running to the line/hot terminal - the actual “line” wire, one of the 2 “load” light wires, and a jumper from the GFCI line terminal. The switch also didn’t have a neutral attached - instead, all 4 neutral wires (2 coming in & 2 for the light) were pigtailed and jumped to the GFCI. I think the jumper from GFCI to switch and the load wire on the line terminal were acting as a neutral (somehow).
I took it apart but couldn’t get it back together with how the wires were cut/connected, so I went and got a spool of wire and a bag of pigtails to redo it all.
I got it connected with both lines run individually to the switch & outlet, the 2 load wires on the switch, both units grounded, and I re-pigtailed the neutrals all together with the extra one for the switch. I turned on the breaker, and the light was functioning correctly!! Except the outlet didn’t have power…
At that point, I thought the jumper from the GFCI load might have actually had a purpose, so I opened it back up and reconnected a jumper there. Nothing worked. When I opened it back up, it looks like the wires were too short and had pulled out of some of the terminals on both (which I assumed was the problem).
SO THEN, I pigtailed the 2 line wires coming in with a line wire for each unit (4 wires together in the pigtail), and I pigtailed the 2 load wires for the lights together into 1 (to extend it). That’s the last configuration I got to try before bedtime.
When I turned it back on, the dimmer had the blue LED lit, and the GFCI was functioning properly. But when I tried to turn on the light, the LED just went out. I tried flipping the breakers a few times, and resetting the GFCI (to see if that had anything to do with it - it didn’t), and no luck.
So my question is: where do I go from here? I’m so deep in this already I don’t want to have to get an electrician out here (saving money is on the list of good things, what with the whole “recent homebuyer” thing), and I was just hoping to get some troubleshooting help on what configuration/connection might work and what other things I need to test/try.
Thanks in advance for any help!