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02-12-2013, 10:37 AM   #16
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02-12-2013, 10:40 AM   #17
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 Originally Posted by hammerlane Easiest way for you to remedy this is to know how a 3-way switch circuit function. Below are 4-basic diagrams. They differ by where the power enters the circuit and the positioning of the switches. diagram 1 is power into a switch then load-switch diagram 2 is power into a switch then switch-load diagram 3 is power into the load where the switches are after the load diagram 4 is power into the load where the switches are between the load someone from the code police may yell that some of the diagrams do not have a neutral at each switch location

02-12-2013, 11:59 AM   #18
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 Originally Posted by sebrous Could you explain what you mean by load-switch and switch-load.

In diagram #1 you notice that power goes into the 1st switch. The load is then between the 1st switch and 2nd switch.

In diagram #2, power goes into the 1st switch. The 2nd switch is next and then the load is after the 2nd switch.

In diagram #3, power comes into the load. Both switches are after the load.

In diagram #4, power comes into the load. Both switches are between the load.

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 Originally Posted by hammerlane Easiest way for you to remedy this is to know how a 3-way switch circuit function. Below are 4-basic diagrams. They differ by where the power enters the circuit and the positioning of the switches. diagram 1 is power into a switch then load-switch diagram 2 is power into a switch then switch-load diagram 3 is power into the load where the switches are after the load diagram 4 is power into the load where the switches are between the load someone from the code police may yell that some of the diagrams do not have a neutral at each switch location
Studying your options, none of them are possible remember that I have in box 1 the hot wire and the neutral the first 3 way switch, the cable leading to the other 3 way switch and a 12/3 cable leading to the light switch.

 02-12-2013, 12:06 PM #20 Member   Join Date: Oct 2011 Location: Ohio Posts: 2,780 Rewards Points: 2,516 Are you sure that the black wire pointed to with the red arrow is your always hot wire and not the green wire. what does the switch outlined in yellow control?? Attached Thumbnails
02-12-2013, 12:16 PM   #21
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 Originally Posted by hammerlane Are you sure that the black wire pointed to with the red arrow is your always hot wire and not the green wire. what does the switch outlined in yellow control??
What would be the best way to confirm which one is hot.

The switch control my outside lights (3)

02-12-2013, 12:20 PM   #22
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 Originally Posted by sebrous What would be the best way to confirm which one is hot. The switch control my outside lights (3)
With a meter. Why did you say originally that the wire to the top terminal of the switch is the HOT one?

One wire attached to the single switch will be ALWAYS HOT. The other wire will become HOT when the switch is on.

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 Originally Posted by hammerlane With a meter. Why did you say originally that the wire to the top terminal of the switch is the HOT one? One wire attached to the single switch will be ALWAYS HOT. The other wire will become HOT when the switch is on.
Your absolutely right the hot wire comes from the light fixture and gives power to the single switch.

So one cable in the light fixture is the hot and neutral

Is it good news to find a solution ?

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 02-12-2013, 12:38 PM #24 Member   Join Date: Oct 2011 Location: Ohio Posts: 2,780 Rewards Points: 2,516 So is this what you have? Where the middle cable(highlited in pink) is bringing the power into box #1. Attached Thumbnails
 02-12-2013, 12:44 PM #25 Member   Join Date: Oct 2011 Location: Ohio Posts: 2,780 Rewards Points: 2,516 if what you have shown is correct, then hook up the 2nd 3-way switch as shown below. Pay attention that the black conductor of the cable going to the 2nd 3-way switch is attached to the common terminal of the 2nd 3-way switch. The red and white wires do not matter which traveler terminal they attach to on the 2nd 3-way switch. If the information you have provided is correct, then both 3-way switches hooked up as shown below will function properly. Attached Thumbnails   Last edited by hammerlane; 02-12-2013 at 12:49 PM.
02-12-2013, 01:01 PM   #26
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 Originally Posted by hammerlane if what you have shown is correct, then hook up the 2nd 3-way switch as shown below. Pay attention that the black conductor of the cable going to the 2nd 3-way switch is attached to the common terminal of the 2nd 3-way switch. The red and white wires do not matter which traveler terminal they attach to on the 2nd 3-way switch. If the information you have provided is correct, then both 3-way switches hooked up as shown below will function properly.
I wired the second switch has you shown and its still doing the same thing. If the second switch is flip in a certain position the 1st one no longer turn on the light watever the position.

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 Originally Posted by hammerlane if what you have shown is correct, then hook up the 2nd 3-way switch as shown below. Pay attention that the black conductor of the cable going to the 2nd 3-way switch is attached to the common terminal of the 2nd 3-way switch. The red and white wires do not matter which traveler terminal they attach to on the 2nd 3-way switch. If the information you have provided is correct, then both 3-way switches hooked up as shown below will function properly.
This wiring seem to be unregular. To you think it's done according to code ?

By the way I so appreciate your help thank you for time.

02-12-2013, 01:13 PM   #28
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 Originally Posted by sebrous I wired the second switch has you shown and its still doing the same thing. If the second switch is flip in a certain position the 1st one no longer turn on the light watever the position.

are you positive you have the black wire---which is the ALWAYS HOT wire---connected to the common terminal of the 2nd 3-way switch?

The common terminal of your 3-way switch may not be in the upper left corner of the switch like the diagram shows. But usually the common terminal is the color black while the traveller terminals are a gold color.
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 Originally Posted by hammerlane are you positive you have the black wire---which is the ALWAYS HOT wire---connected to the common terminal of the 2nd 3-way switch? The common terminal of your 3-way switch may not be in the upper left corner of the switch like the diagram shows. But usually the common terminal is the color black while the traveller terminals are a gold color.
I am a 100% positive that the always hot is on the common terminal on the second switch.

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 Originally Posted by sebrous I am a 100% positive that the always hot is on the common terminal on the second switch.
If you have no loose connections then the switch may be defective. When did this issue with the switch begin??

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