Two way switchs are wired differently than normal switchs,
So it is very easy to make a mistake if you dont realise that
it is a two way set up rather than a normal switch arrangement.
Its even more complicated if theres 3 switchs,
as then it involves an intermediate switch.
With out a diagram showing all wires and colors
it is difficult.
Suggest you get an experienced electricain,
especially if its a 3 way switching arrangement.
Originally Posted by Mrs. Turbo
I have 4 lights in the basement connected to a 3 way switch......2 light switches controlling all 4 lights. I took the first light out so I can put it on another light switch and connected I connected the second light to the switch the same way the first light was connected. Everything was put back in place the way it was before, except we now have 3 lights instead of 4.
They had one power source connected to the lights, outlets, and a separate 3 way switch on the stairs. The black wire from the power source was conected to the black wire for the outlets, and they piggy tailed from both of the 3 way switches with a short piece of black wire. All the white wires are connected together and so are the ground wires.
When I put it all back together the breaker trips when i turn it on. A friend came over and tested the wires.....everything works fine except for the second switch that controls the 3 lights. When the black wire is connected to the power source it trips the breaker. That box wasn't touched so this is very strange. Did my switch go bad??? Any help is appreciated.