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    Default Seen this switch before?

    This was replacing a light switch, but it didn't work at all. Any idea what it is supposed to do? I couldn't get it to open, nor could I get the cover off of the thing.

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    Default Re: Seen this switch before?

    No hammer Jim????


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    Default Re: Seen this switch before?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Robinson View Post
    This was replacing a light switch, but it didn't work at all. Any idea what it is supposed to do? I couldn't get it to open, nor could I get the cover off of the thing.
    Get a kid to show you how to open it! It's "child proof"


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    Default Re: Seen this switch before?

    My guess is it is one of two things.

    - A cover to keep the switch from being switched and the cover opens via that tab on the left.

    - That is one of those tap-on, tap-off, tap-and-hold dimmers which, when you hold a finger on them, cycles up and down brighter to dimmer and back to brighter.

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    Default Re: Seen this switch before?

    Quote Originally Posted by fritzkelly View Post
    Looks like a central vac outlet to me.

    Could be, but then it would not (at least not likely) be mounted up high like a switch is.

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    Default Re: Seen this switch before?

    The switch on the left pushed straight across to the right. It was labeled "on" and "off". I figured some type of touch dimmer also. The light bulb could have been burnt out in the fixture. I thought maybe someone had seen one like it during one of their inspections. It sure seemed like the middle panel was supposed to open, but it wouldn't for me.

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