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Old 04-12-2013, 11:17 PM   #16
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3-way switch wiring (for kitchen light)


My first switch is, I believe, wired correctly. 14-2 coming in, whites wire nutted together. Incoming black and outgoing black on both brass terminals. Red on the other terminal.

Second switch only has 14-3 to it, so black, white and red are on that switch.

If I understand you correctly, I shouldn't have the white on the switch, should I?

Is this box missing additional wiring to keep constant power to both switches?

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:24 PM   #17
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I think (judging by the red wire in the ceiling box) that they wired the first switch the same way I do except they ran the 14-3 to the light not the other switch. And then they ran 14-3 from the light to the second switch. And have all their connections in the ceiling. And eliminate the 14-2 from the second switch to the light. There isn't anything wrong with it except it clutters the ceiling box. And in your case the white wire on the second switch is miss colored.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:26 PM   #18
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Since the switches have the traveler wire between them, what is preventing one switch from turning the light on when the other switch is off?
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:28 PM   #19
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Is the positioning of the wires on each terminal a factor?
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Since the switches have the traveler wire between them, what is preventing one switch from turning the light on when the other switch is off?
My guess is on the second switch the black and white wire need to be flopped. The one on the black screw needs to be connected to the black wire on the light.
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Let me know how that works
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That was exactly right! Works like it was intended to.

Thanks so much for your expertise! I learn a little more everyday!
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Glad I could help.

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