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amydawn 04-07-2005 01:03 PM

three-way only working on one switch
I have a three-way switch that is only working on one switch. I have checked and rechecked my wiring and can not figure out why it isn't working. Any ideas?

jbfan 04-07-2005 10:04 PM

Did you just install the switch? Tell us how it is wired then we can help.

Teetorbilt 04-07-2005 11:55 PM

Reverse the two wires at the top and see what happens.

marymunoz_1 07-07-2006 03:06 PM

need to know about the color of the wires for a three way switch, except the black i know it goes to the black tell me about the brown and orange. Please help

Speedy Petey 07-07-2006 06:22 PM

A) It is best to start a new thread for your own particular situation.

B) There are NO specific color patterns for 3-way's. Typically red & white, or red & black are used as travelers.

C) Black does NOT always go to black.

D) Brown and orange??? Are you in the US? Does your house wiring run in conduit?

The ONLY way we can help is if you tell us what (all) wires are in the two switch boxes and the light fixture box.

MAS2006 07-08-2006 08:47 AM

spdt switches
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Two single poll double throw switches controlling one light (load).

Sparky Joe 07-09-2006 05:30 PM

Mas, that's nice that you made that drawing and keep attaching it to the ever so common 3-way switch questions, but don't you think you could improve on it a little.

Hell, I'm an electrician and I have a hard time seeing what all you have drawn on there.

MAS2006 07-09-2006 10:28 PM

This forum limits picture size, so I resized the drawing. I ripped it from another forum post(can't take credit for drawing.):D :D

joed 07-10-2006 04:53 PM

That is only one of at eight possible ways to wire a threeway. We need more info from the OP to determine the actual problem.

MAS2006 07-11-2006 02:04 PM

Post drawings.:detective:

joed 07-11-2006 04:25 PM

Check out these sites for wiring diagrams.

Sparky Joe 07-11-2006 05:52 PM

I like the drawing, and always have preffered pictures to words. I made a lame attempt at drawing a better picture last weekend, but gave up.

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