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Old 08-20-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Trouble Re-connecting 2-gang switch box

So I made the BIGGEST mistake by disconnecting my wires in my switch box because I wanted to replace my switches with nice silver ones. I am completely confused on how to put it back together, I thought I understood when I was doing it because I did the other 2-gang switch boxes, but now it doesn't make sense... it looks COMPLETELY different! PLEASE Help!!!

Okay so the switch box has two 3-way switches. (these connect to our outside lights and kitchen lights). (There are also a ton of other three and four way switches in the house)

there are 5 sets of cables coming into the switch box:
2 sets from the top right
1) 2-wire (Black/White). No Power
2) 2-wire (Black/White). BOTH have Power!
1 set from the top left
3) 2-wire (Gray/White). No Power. But the gray wire looks like it was wrapped around a screw on the switch and connected to somewhere else because there is exposed wire in the middle and then exposed wire at the end. (it looks just like the power wire that connects my other 3-way switches together)
2 sets from the bottom
4) 2-wire (Black/White) Black has power
5) 3-wire (Black/White/Red) No Power.



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Old 08-20-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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Why did you undo the splice? I will never understand this.... You're better off just hiring someone to figure it out.


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when doing boxes with multiple splices do one device at a time and mark the wires as you remove them as per where they go. Having said that we're going to need some pictures if you want a hope in hell of anyone being able to help you here with that much going on in the box.
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I have a 5 gang box in my hallway and I found it helpful to pull out the switches slightly without disconnecting the wires and taking multiple pictures of the setup so I could reference it later on if necessary. May not help now, but may in the future.

You may need to hire someone, sometimes it's just too hard when you can't see it in person.
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