Hey everyone, I realize we are not all electricians, but I would love some experienced advice… I am rather DIY but not having dealt with 4 wire toggles, rather be cautious…
So I recently was graced with three Jasco 45609’s. (Bday gift. sweet!!!) These will be my first ones ever installed. I have done basic electrical (replacing old flips to toggles, etc) and am comfy enough to try taking this on my own.
I opened a few wall outlets up, to see if I was lucky enough to have the 4 wires. (House was built in 83). Upon looking, I still don’t know… but I think I do… (Yet another BDay gift? )
In a single ganged outlet, I see that I have a copper ground, a white wire, and two black wires. (Image 1 below)
In my triple ganged outlet, I find nice mess. I think I found a bundle of white cables in the back (mine are old enough to have a hint of a grayish brown to the white), but now I have two red wires, and a whole slew of black wires. Only complicating this particular set more, is that the first switch (Far left) is a 3-way switch (making me realize I need to buy a Jasco 3 way). (Image 2 below). My guess, is older 4 wire electrical was 2 black 1 white 1 ground… but again, not completely sure. I see on the far left switch (3 way) the white wire is in use? Is that an issue when I go to use a 3 way Jasco as I think it requires another cable?
So to start my real question(s) are… from what you see of these images, does it seem that I have 4 wires?
Am I right to say that the electrician just tied all the 4 wire together and that they are just not in use currently? If so, then its just a matter of determining which black wire is my load, and which one is my common, correct?
In the triple ganged box, Any guesses what the red is? What kills me about this box, is that they ran a black wire from the bottom of each of the three toggles in this box… I am thinking of just trying to take the ‘far right toggle’ and replace it with the jasco, finding the appropriate white wire that went with the line, and see if I can get only that 1 working. If I can, then move to the 2nd (middle), then work on the 3 way switch another day. Luckily, I have a friend who is an electrical engineer…he can at least help me figure out which wire is which…
Thanks everyone, this will be my first non-smart things branded addition (minus my Ecobee Smart Thermostat (love it… looking forward to smartthings integration))