Originally Posted by CharlieO
What you are first seeing is a power feed in to right switch then jumped to the left.
you can reconnect it that way or use 2 short wires ( pig tails) wire nutted to the feed then one goes to each switch.
On a single pole switch ( what you have here), it does not matter which wire you attach to which screw, power comes in to the switch on one side when the switch is off. when you turn the switch on it connects the 2 screws and sends the power threw the switch so both wires now have power.
thanks i think i understand. the on/off is happening inside
the switch for the off and on functionality.
this switch is at my brothers home. when i look into the box i should see (if i'm correct) two white wires, the neutrals i believe, wire nutted together. also one black wire (i believe is on the left switch) and the other black wire, which is currently under a screw on the right switch. i will take the wire that is under the jumper wire terminal on the right switch and pig-tail to two short wires and put one of the wires on each of the switches remaining terminal and re-hook the wire that was on the left switch back to the left remaining screw on that switch, and install the wire on the right switch back to the new right switch, that's it. put things back together and test. am i correct?
thanks a lot. sorry for all the words, just want to be accurate.