Hello, Im new to the boards but a long time viewer
Im having trouble after replacing a switch.
There was an existing swtich, a sliding dimmer, that I wanted to replace. Coming out of the slider there was three wires, two solid copper wires, and one stranded wire that was connected directly to the box. There is also another switch in the same box, it operates an exterior light, and I believe it is on a separate breaker. I replaced this switch, from an older simple on/off to a new one, simply to match the other new switch, and this light is still operational.
After replacing the switch with a new, regular on/off switch, the light doesn't work. Originally I had only connected the two wires (no ground) to the switch. After finding out the light didn't work, I attached a ground from the switch directly to the box. Still no luck.
Also, I tried switching the new switch with one that I know works, so I can eliminate a bad switch as the culprit. I had also switched the hot/neutral's on the switch (in an act of desperation).
After all this, I reverted back to the way it was before we started. I put the old slider back in, and reattached the stranded wire directly to the box. Still no luck.
I am not exactly sure where to go from here, so I am putting out a call for help from you all. Any advise or ideas are greatly appreciated, thanks!