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Old 08-24-2009, 09:21 AM   #1
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So look at the enclosed pic. This is my current un-finished basement light setup (how the builder did it). I am trying to understand if this is ok to do. it appears instead of using 14-2 to go from the switch to the light they used 14-3. They used 14-3 to go between the lights. In this drawing the only thing the switches control is the two recessed lights, the pull chain is on all the time and so is the outlet.

To me what is looks like they did was use the "red" to bring continuous hot (black) up to the other circuits.

Is this to code?
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:41 AM   #2
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Yes, 14-3 has to be used when you have 3 way switches
The red is a "traveller" wire so that you can turn the light on/off from either switch

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Old 08-24-2009, 09:46 AM   #3
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I understand that you use it to go between the two switches, but what it appears they did was use the red as a "pass" for the hot to the pull chain light and the other outlet. Is that ok to do?
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I'm curious, where is the power feeding into this circuit?
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The second "S" there is also a gfi outlet at that location also.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:45 PM   #6
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Yep what the contractor did is fine and would be the only way practical with power entering the second 3 way switch. He had to use 3 conductor 14/3 between lights to get unswitched power (red wire) to the pull chain and receptacle.
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what it appears they did was use the red as a "pass" for the hot to the pull chain light and the other outlet. Is that ok to do?
Yes. It's a standard wiring method.

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