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Re: 3 way switch

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Don Anderson

02-28-2013 05:54:06
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I did some more checking last night with a little gizmo call a "switch wizzard. I turned off the power to the circuit that powers the switches and the outlet, which is for a lamp at one of the front windows in the living room. With the three wires connected together at one switch I connected the three clips to the three wires at the other switch and checked to see which wire would be the carrier wire which should be connected to the black terminal on the leviton switch. I then switched the clips to other wires at the switch and it showed another wire would be the carrier so apparently when the house was wired eight years ago something is not wired correctly. Idea was that I could either come in the front door or the door from the garage into the living room and turn on a lamp to be able to see but it has never worked. Maybe I can make some long leads and use the ohm function on the meter to figure out which wire is which.

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dr sportster

02-28-2013 11:10:20
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 Re: 3 way switch in reply to Don Anderson, 02-28-2013 05:54:06  
Sometimes when an numnut helper takes apart a three way set up in an old building without noting the point wire you can ring it out by leaving that circuit off and using an extension cord to "hot up" each wire individually and see where power is coming in at the other box.Then a few color marking tapes to learn how to put it all back together working right.



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Don Anderson

03-01-2013 07:26:00
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 Re: 3 way switch in reply to dr sportster, 02-28-2013 11:10:20  
That sounds like that might work for me. Thanks for the idea.



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JMOR

02-28-2013 07:24:24
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 Re: 3 way switch in reply to Don Anderson, 02-28-2013 05:54:06  

Don Anderson said: (quoted from post at 09:54:06 02/28/13) I did some more checking last night with a little gizmo call a "switch wizzard. I turned off the power to the circuit that powers the switches and the outlet, which is for a lamp at one of the front windows in the living room. With the three wires connected together at one switch I connected the three clips to the three wires at the other switch and checked to see which wire would be the carrier wire which should be connected to the black terminal on the leviton switch. I then switched the clips to other wires at the switch and it showed another wire would be the carrier so apparently when the house was wired eight years ago something is not wired correctly. Idea was that I could either come in the front door or the door from the garage into the living room and turn on a lamp to be able to see but it has never worked. Maybe I can make some long leads and use the ohm function on the meter to figure out which wire is which.
Switch wizzaed instructions that I saw on the net look OK for a switch box that has ONLY 3 wires in it, but yours probably has more, as evidenced by , " I then switched the clips to other wires at the switch and ". More than 3?

There are several variations in connections that accomplish the same end result. Take a look:

https://www.google.com/search?q=3+way+switch+circuits+variations&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=qTR&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=13cvUZOVKOnV2QXE-4DoBg&ved=0CDIQsAQ&biw=847&bih=460
This post was edited by JMOR at 07:32:44 02/28/13.

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Don Anderson

03-01-2013 07:35:08
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 Re: 3 way switch in reply to JMOR, 02-28-2013 07:24:24  
When I said I switched the clips to other wires I meant that I switched the three clips to the wires in a different order. There are only three wires connected to the switch plus the bare wire. sorry about the confusion.



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