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Old 05-17-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Turn a 3way switch into a standard switch


So according to the "code" I have to keep the switch on the wall as my living room has no main light hanging from the ceiling. The switch that is currently there is a 3way with box B upstairs. I want to make box B redundant and just have a standard on/off switch downstairs. Do I just wrap all 3 wires together in box B and put the 2 travellers into 1 in box A? Or maybe it is just not possible? Cheers in advance.

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You cannot remove a three way switch for the stairs. You must have a switch at the top and bottom of the stairs for stairway lighting.

edit: if these 3 way switches control lighting in an adjacent room then it would be legal.


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Yes that is exactly what it does - it controls the power receptacle in the living room. Not sure why there would need to be a switch upstairs to switch it off! There is already a separate 3 way switch that controls the upstairs. So do you know how to do it?
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Yep...

Cap off one of the travelers upstairs and wirenut the common and the other traveler together.
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Cheers mate!
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Just did it and it worked a treat. Would not have thought of that combination. Much appreciated. Great bunch of people!
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Yes that is exactly what it does - it controls the power receptacle in the living room. Not sure why there would need to be a switch upstairs to switch it off! There is already a separate 3 way switch that controls the upstairs. So do you know how to do it?
Do you live in Cincinnati?
My grandmother had this set-up. Her bedroom was on the back side of the house, so when she was upstairs alone, she liked to turn on the living room lights so the house looked occupied. She wanted to be able to turn out the living room lights without going downstairs.
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No I am in Baltimore but it was an old person that used to live here apparently and she had all the doors and windows barred so sounds like that for sure.

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