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ShaunP

07:15PM | 12/10/04
Member Since: 12/10/04
1 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I have looked high and low for help on my simple 3 way switch. I know it's possible because all I did was move each switch 6 inches into a new box and forgot to label them. Everything worked prior to my disconnecting everything. I should mention that this is an older home (1955) and maybe they just don't do things the same now.

Switch #1 has the hot and neutral power coming into it, the 14/2 wire going to the light, and another strand of 14/2 going to switch #2. In box #2 I have both wires of that second strand of 14/2 and one more that I traced to the light as the neutral wire. So in total I am dealing with 6 wires in box #1 and 3 in box #2. Please tell me which ones go to the common and which go to the traveler poles.

Thanks a million to whomever knows the answer to this puzzle.

Tom O

04:34AM | 12/11/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
I'll be the bearer of bad news. Based on your description, this installation was never in compliance with the National Electrical Code.

You need to replace the 2 wire from switch #1 to switch #2 with a piece of 3 wire. Also, remove the wire from switch #2 to the light fixture. You might consider hiring an electrician to do this.

Tom

carl21l

06:58AM | 12/11/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
173 lifetime posts
look at the links for 3 way on this site:

http://www.wfu.edu/~matthews/courses/p230/switches/

JMHO

Carl

joed

05:41AM | 12/12/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
At S1 connect like this.

power in black to common screw and black to light.

2 wires to sw2 to traveller screws.

White from light to white from power in.

At SW2

songle wire to common screw

Wires for SW1 to traveller screws

At light

Connect wire from SW2 to light black

Connect white from SW1 to light white and any other white in box.

Connect black from SW1 to any other black in box or cap off.

This is a very strange wire setup but the connection I gave should make it work.
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