How to change a shower pull cord switch??

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  1. stevebosh

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    Hi,
    I need some help please!!??

    I have removed a pull cord switch with two Live cables, two Neutral and two Earth. The old switch also has load on one side and feed on the other. The new switch I bought only has mains on one side so I just want to make sure if the mains side is the feed or load?

    In case you are wondering i had to change the switch because the cord snapped inside the switch which cannot be fixed.

    Thank you very much,
    Steve
     
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    Does it just say mains, or mains in / mains out?

    It is unusual for only one side of the switch t be labelled.
     
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    WHAT???? That wasnt very clear.

    Your old switch, what terminals did it have?

    Your new switch, what terminals does it have?

    The wires you have - were all of the lives and "neutrals" connected to the switch? If so in what configuration?
     
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    Just has Mains on one side. Both switches are exactly the same other than the labels
     
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    I would reckon that mains is feed, and the non marked side is load.

    Are there markings to distinguish L & N terminals?
     
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    thanks for a quick reply!! Yeah Two 'L' and two 'N' terminals are clear.
    Im gonna try and fit it now so I can have a shower in the morning!
    If i have it wrong would a fuse blow?
     
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    You really do not want to take that approach to wiring. You should make sure that you get things right, not rely on a blowng fuse to tell you its wrong.
     
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    Because sometimes the fuse may not blow....
     
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    OK. I was just going to put the new switch in the same way as the old one but wasnt expecting different labels. Just to complicate things more the two earth terminals are on the mains side on the new switch. On the old one the earth terminals are either side
     
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    Can you post a picture?
     
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    just taken some pictures but not sure how to upload?
     
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    Click on my signature to find out how :D
     
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    first image is old one, second is new
     
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    'mains' is the supply (from the consumer unit)

    The other side is the load (to the shower)
     
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    So mains is also feed? Does it matter which earth cables are connected to the terminals?
    Thanks for your help!!
     

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