Thanks Ford1. The switch is my plan B and I agree that these things sometime have a mind of their own and it is scary. Even if I want to use it on its basic function open/close, it chooses to close on its own after a few minutes. Having to cut the power for this simple task is mind blowing. I brought up the problem to the community, you never know... plus the plan B is to install a waterproof switch on the head cover of the awning where the motor is, on the live wire to make sure that no current is provided to the motor.