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Re: Lectrical Help

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02-03-2013 19:53:01

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There is an old style 3way switch setup that can cause that effect?

I've got it in my house, 1930s setup.

When I had a new breaker box put in, my stairs lights were glowing at night, told the electrician the next day, and he said oh, the old style. He flipped the neutral and hot wires, and took care of it. He said those old type, makes a difference which side gets hot, but didnt elaborate.


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John T

02-04-2013 05:29:10

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 Re: Lectrical Help in reply to Paul, 02-03-2013 19:53:01  
For over 50 years I know of ONLY ONE way to wire them using two SINGLE POLE DOUBLE THROW SWITCHES. Each THROW wires to the other switches THROW (runners),,,One POLE wires to the branch circuits hot voltage SOURCE, The other POLE wires to the LOAD. Maybe there was an OLD way before I first learned how to wire them or different then single pole double throw switch use????

Fun chat, wish I knew an old versus a new way???

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Dusty MI

02-06-2013 05:36:50

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 Re: Lectrical Help in reply to John T, 02-04-2013 05:29:10  

John T said: (quoted from post at 06:29:10 02/04/13) Fun chat, wish I knew an old versus a new way??? John T

There is an old way. It was used to run a yard light on the pole between the house and barn. It used one less wire and powered from both the house and the barn.

Not a very safe because if one was going to work on the light and turned off the power at one end he didn't realize it was still hot from the other end.

I think is was called Chicago Loop.

Not legal today. I can't quite remember how to wire one that way, and don't want to.

This post was edited by Dusty MI at 15:55:38 02/06/13.

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02-03-2013 19:53:35

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 Re: Lectrical Help in reply to Paul, 02-03-2013 19:53:01  
I meant, 2 way.


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02-04-2013 05:18:04

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 Re: Lectrical Help in reply to Paul, 02-03-2013 19:53:35  
Ain't no such thing as two way. Single, three way and four way.

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