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Need help with condo electric wiring

Hello everyone,

If anyone can provide some tips or guidance this would be great. I am trying to install smart switches and following the video instructions but I cannot figure out what my condo wires are? I have a volt detector I think I found out which one is the hot wire. It is blue. When I turned the switch back on to test the wire it's only the blue cable that beeps, the other 2 doesn't beep. How do I know which one is the Ground and Lout? I believe the white cable in the back of the box is the neutral cable.

I'm following this video's instruction.


Any help would be appreciated!
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It's not legal to do DIY electrical work in a condo or any other kind of multi-family building.

Equipment vendors should not be encouraging homeowners to install these kinds of products themselves unless they already have adequate knowledge to do electrical work properly.
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Oh did not know that. Is this something I contact the condo to do maybe?
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grumps312 wrote: Oh did not know that. Is this something I contact the condo to do maybe?
You need to hire an electrician.
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ChicoQuente wrote: You need to hire an electrician.
Now that's an expensive light switch :) and you are right
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middleofnowhere wrote: It's not legal to do DIY electrical work in a condo or any other kind of multi-family building.

Equipment vendors should not be encouraging homeowners to install these kinds of products themselves unless they already have adequate knowledge to do electrical work properly.
Never knew that rule. Is that an actual law or a common condo bylaw? Does that include changing light fixtures?

I've changed all my light fixtures and switches (to dimmers) without even thinking it wasn't allowed.
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slowtyper wrote: Never knew that rule. Is that an actual law or a common condo bylaw? Does that include changing light fixtures?

I've changed all my light fixtures and switches (to dimmers) without even thinking it wasn't allowed.
One requirement, regardless of condo/house/etc is you do need a permit to change any switch to dimmer.

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