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Old 05-15-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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How to remove a 3 way switch


Thanks again for helping with the previous 3 way switch problem. I have another 3 way that controls a power receptacle in my living room. Is there any way to make it permanently on so I can remove the switch completely from the wall? It can also be operated from the upstairs switch - deep joy!

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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If the receptacle is half switched you could replace the receptacle with one that does not have the tab broken out on the brass side.

If this controls the required lighting outlet removing the switch may create a code violation.

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I am talking about a 2 socket power outlet that is powered on and off by these 2 x 3 way switches. I am uncertain if I was clear enough. This house is old and I am guessing it was set up so that a table lamp could be plugged into the outlet and operated on and off via the switches instead of switching the lamp on and off at the lamp stem.... I just want to get rid of the switches and have the power socket be in the on position permanently.
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Doing so may create a code violation unless there is another switch controlled lighting outlet in the room.
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You say "switch controlled lighting outlet" What is this? All the other mains receptacles in the room operate "normally" i.e. you plug something in and they come on - just like back home. What is this sorcery of putting light switches to control power outlets????? As for violating code, how does that happen when all the other outlets work as normal?
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Habitable rooms under the NEC are required to have a switch to control a lighting source for the room. In some cases this is a switched receptacle that a lamp is plugged into. Other rooms have an actual lighting fixture like a surface or recessed light in the room.
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OK now I understand. So if I leave the switch downstairs, do you think there is any way I can get rid of the one at the top of the stairs. It seems a bit overkill to have a 3 way for a plugged in lamp downstairs all the same.

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