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Old 01-08-2011, 12:41 PM   #1
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Broke switch off wall for three way...


I took it apart and turned off which I thought would be the power.. but after checking with tester.. there still is pwer running to that box. I am assuming that this is do to being a three way? That being said do I have to shut off power to entire home to replace this switch or can I shut off the one and search for a secondary that would shut off all power to that switch? It is a 3 switch box 1st kitchen 2nd garage (broke one) 3rd hallway.

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Old 01-08-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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are you using a non contact tester? if so they are unreliable. Also it is possible that two circuits are somehow tied together. but any three way should be on one breaker.

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Turn the light on in the hallway, shut-down breakers until the light goes off, the 3-way circuit will then be de-energized.
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As long as there is not two circuits in the switch box. If there are two switches in the box there could be two circuits.
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Greenline GT-11 Voltage Detector.
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Turn the light on in the hallway, shut-down breakers until the light goes off, ...
... and until all the wires in the box are dead.
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you need to use a multimeter

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