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Default 3 position electric wall switch - not 3 way

I am looking for a standard size wall switch with 3 positions for use with a 2 speed under cabinet (kick) heater fan in my kitchen, Not a 3 way switch. One position would connect hot in with low speed fan - second position would connect hot in to hi speed fan. 3rd position would be off - no connection. I can't find this locally, or on the internet. Any electricians out there. Doesn't have to be labeled off / lo / hi like the old one - just has to do the job.

Also, someone once suggested a good do-it-yourself homeowner site and I lost it - any suggestions for that?



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Is it a rotary type switch or a toggle? Can't say I've ever seen a toggle switch like that. Ask Elusive, he might know.
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I suppose a rotary would work if it fots into a standard outlet box ?

But I just found the old switch - I was wrong it is apparantlly always on (when the heat reaches a certain degree) - one position is low and the other is Hi - so it is a 2 position ON switch

I replaced it with an off on switch and just hooked up the HI wire - that is what got me comfused

Anyway I haven't seen a low hi one anywhere either - that is always ON as far as the switch is concerned. I'll post a pic in a minute..

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You need a single-pole double-throw center-off maintained contact switch. Leviton part number 1281 is rated 15 Amp, and part number 1285 is a 20 Amp rated switch . They are rather expensive because they are commercial grade switches. Colors available are brown, ivory, white, and gray. Any good electrical supply should be able to get it for you.

If you are switching only the fan and not the heating element, another option is to just put a rotary light dimmer connected to the high speed lead, and have variable fan speed control. Works for most AC fan motors.
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You could use one of these
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/2WEL3
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/2X466
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Thanks to all.

Duh. I have an account at Grainger and just didn't think of them for electrical stuff. Thanks

Bob

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This toggle switch you discribe is commonly used on commercial vent hoods. High-Off-Low.

Grainger is my friend.

FYI They also have a parts division that can get most anything you could ever need.
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Originally Posted by trrooster View Post
The first one you listed is a momentary contact switch, thus stays connected only if you hold it in position. He needs a maintained contact switch, which is this one: http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/2WEL7

The second one you listed will work functionally, but is a DIY project to rig it. It's not specified if it is UL approved, it is not sized to mount in a standard box, it does not have terminals sized/designed to connect to house wiring. Use at your own risk.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
Thanks to all.

Duh. I have an account at Grainger and just didn't think of them for electrical stuff. Thanks

Bob
Yeah alot of people dont associate grainger with electrical suppies, but I have found that were the local electrical supply companies may take up to 2 weeks to order a product they dont keep in stock, grainger usually can have it the next day.

Grainger is also my friend
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Originally Posted by itwonder View Post
He needs a maintained contact switch, which is this one: http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/2WEL7

WHAT, $107.30 ea..........come on now, that's CRAZY!

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This sounds just like the fan over my stove. ON-OFF-ON in a rocker configuration. I'm not sure but I think the 'controller' is built into the fan. If you can't find them at Grainger, or a local Big-Box, go to an appliance store that does repairs. I'd also expect a Sears Maintenance shop to have both a fan and a switch.

If you're really desperate buy a range-top with fan and cannabilise it. At least that way you'd be certain to get matching/compatible parts. Wiring to the power supply would be your job. If you are going to plug it in to a socket a replacement cord for a laundry dryer, air-conditioner or garbage disposal should be fine. I'd be looking at 14 guage for this but 12 guage is fine I'm sure.

Good luck!
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But I just found the old switch - I was wrong it is apparantlly always on (when the heat reaches a certain degree) - one position is low and the other is Hi - so it is a 2 position ON switch

Single Pole Double Throw - Also known as a 3 Way Switch.

Get a 20 amp model
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Delete to reading error after getting part numbers from Grainger book #399 for all ON-OFF-ON switching.

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