COMMUNITY FORUM

Mike C

05:57AM | 04/04/00
Member Since: 02/22/00
6 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I just moved into my new (built in '74) house last month. I wanted to replace one of the switches with a dimmer. When I went to replace the switch it had 2 black and to red wires attached to 4 different screws. That tells me this is a 4-way circuit, 3 switches and 1 light. Now, I put back the old 4-way switch, and tried replacing one of the other 3-way switches with a dimmer. Now, my problem is, the 4-way is acting as an on/off for the whole circuit. The only way the other two switches work is if the 4-way is on? Is this right, or should I be able to turn the light on/off from every switch in any position? This 4-way circuit is a light at the top of my stairway, one switch at bottom of steps, one at the top of the steps, and the third at the end of hallway (top of steps). Please help, this is driving me nutts....Thanks in advance!
Mike C

Joe Tedesco

02:23AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
141 lifetime posts
www.joetedesco.com

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited April 09, 2003).]

ACD

08:48AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
Power is being supplied to the 4 way switch. the other 2 3 way switches just make or break the circuit depending on the position of the other 2 switches. If it was installed corectly with a 3 way dimmer switch then it should work no matter which way the other switches are set, on switch should turn off the lights while the other switch turns them on and the dimmer should turn them off, and the other switch should turn them back on. Get the point? If in doubt RTFM! There is a booklet out that you can get in just about any home center with wiring diagrams showing how the switches are connected. My guess is one of the switches is not wired corectly. if you turn off the lights with the 4 way switch, then you should be able to turn them back on with the dimmer.

[This message has been edited by ACD (edited October 17, 2002).]

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Oversize windows let the outside in, even in a cozy cottage bathroom like this one. A roller screen and wraparound shower ... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2