I’m enjoying this time alone w/myself.
Had time to open up the switch box today and lo and behold, it was “The Case of the Slippery Neutral” (as Dame Agatha would have imagined it).
The neutral had slipped just enough out of the wire nut that it was no longer touching the other wires. My bad, I was lazy/not paying attention and re-used an old wire nut when I installed the switch.
Dash to the garage, slip new, tight wire nut on neutral bundle, reassemble, and all is well again w/what my family affectionately (I hope) refers to as “Dana’s Folly.”
So several valuable lessons for us all:
- Don’t use 10 year old worn out/too small wife nuts when adding a new switch
- Always check for simple “DOH!” connection issues first before ordering a replacement switch
- After skipping 1 and 2 above, when the new switch arrives tell your significant other that it is “Required to fill a critical home automation gap that threatens the health and well-being of the entire family!” It may also help to breathe hard and open your eyes really wide while you say that.