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Old 08-02-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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solved one mystery, created another


as helpful as everyone was last night, i knew i'd be back, but i was hoping not so soon. after finally figuring out a 4 way controlling half of an outlet series, i realized that a different 3way setup was not working. I'd replaced these switches also in my quest to change the color on all my switches/plates/etc. so i switched them and everything worked fine.

after messing with the 4way, now they dont work, along with 2 bedrooms on the same breaker. the 4way is on a different breaker, but one of its 3ways shares a box with one of the 3 ways in question.

since the whole circuit is out i was hoping the breaker went bad, but no dice, i have power there but nothing at the switches.

any advice on what to check next? if i run a jumper between the three ways, i can check continuity both between the switches, and around the other side of the loop as well correct? if i dont have continuity, that would indicate a problem behind the wall somewhere?

i miswired twice on the 4way before getting it right, which caused 1 or 2 of the switches to work depending on the position of the others. did i do something that could have melted something in the wall? again, the 4way is on a different breaker, and still works.

is it possible that i still have the 4 way wrong and that is causing a problem?

no tripped gfci that i could find, a hallway and bedrooms shouldnt have one correct?

dont know if this is relevant, i did give myself a hell of a shock the other day, where the 2 circuits share a switch box, got fancy and decided i could work next to a live switch. point taken. when i tested for voltage at the switch i clamped to the screws, not the wire. is it possible the switch was destroyed inside? could this cause the whole circuit to be dead? should i check the wire itself (its one of the push in jobs)? I've messed with so many wires over the last week, im not 100% sure, but i swear it worked fine after that and i noticed it not working only after i got the 4way working.

thanks for any help, Mike

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