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Old 02-22-2009, 11:48 PM   #1
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split receptacle with 3 way switch

I cannot find any diagrams to illustrate how to wire a split switched receptacle with a pair of three way switches.

I have done several successful 3 ways but I always need a pretty good "road map" as I still have difficulty fully getting my head around the details of the current pathway.

Does anyone have a link to a wiring diagram for this?


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Old 02-23-2009, 06:08 AM   #2
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Wire just like you do with a light (almost) At switch (A) bring power. Run a 3 wire to switch (B). Connect the white to the common terminal. from switch (A) run another 3 wire to the split receptacle. Connect the black to the bottom and the red to the top hot side. (copper colored). Now break the tap between the two screw. In switch (A) splice the black from the feed to the black in the 3 wire to the outlet with the white to power the other switch (B) The red to the outlet goes to the switch. The red and black from the 3 wire between switch (A) and switch (B) are travelers between each switch. Splice the white from the power source in switch (A) to the white in the 3 wire to the outlet.


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Old 02-23-2009, 09:35 AM   #3
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There are several ways to do it but basically just pretend that half the recep is a light

Typically, I would feed the recep from the switchleg side of the system and use the red as the sw leg. You might want to simply run the 2 wire switch legs cable to the recep instead of a light.
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This is a diagram with the power coming into the receptacle
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:52 PM   #5
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The above diagram will work fine. However the white should be used to feed the switch and the black should be the switched hot coming back.

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dont forget to break the tab that connects the top screw to the bottom screw on the hot side only.


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