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Old 09-21-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
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replaced 3way toggle with rocker switch - what's wrong?


I am in the process of replacing all toggle switches in my house with rocker switches and I can't seem to get the three-way connections to function properly. The one thing I do know is that the common wire is for sure wired correctly. The problem is that on all of my 3-way connections, one of the switches has to be turned on before the other switch can activate the fixture or outlet. So in my kitchen, there is a 3-way that turns on the light - the switch on one wall works all of the time. the switch on the other wall will not work unless the 1st is in the "on" position. What am I doing wrong??

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You have a traveller wire on the common terminal on one of your switches. You need to watch the color of the screws not their position.

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I am using the quickwire option, not the screws and the hole seems to be marked common - any other thoughts? Should I be using the screws instead?
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You should get rid of backstabbing { quickwire } and go with screw in methold or backwire { real clamp to hold the wires }

If you still holding the old three way's switch you can able indentify the common most surefire giveaway is darker screw or marked common that is the two most common way to tell.

Now you can understand why most of the electricians don't like the backstabbing hook up becasue it will cause issue down the road.

The backstabbing is hold by spring concat and over the time the spring will loosen up and not holding it anymore.

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If the common wire is correct as you assert then it would work unless you have a defective switch. Try a different switch.
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He mentions rocker switches the only rocker switches i have ever seen are double pole double throw not meant for three way use.
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He mentions rocker switches the only rocker switches i have ever seen are double pole double throw not meant for three way use.
If you stick around a little bit you wil see all kinds of things.

Of COURSE they make rocker style switches in all types.

Th OP simply misplaced his common wire.....or (unlikely) has a bad switch.
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:42 PM   #8
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I figured he was switching from the old style toggle switches to the new style decora switches. I would consider the Decora type switches as rocker switches.
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They are simply miswired, the holes for back-stabbing on the rocker switches are very close to each other, thats why they are miswired.

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