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Old 10-26-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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two out lets and two three way switches


I was wondering if there is a diagram. I have an outlet at the end of my house, a switch inbetween another outlet then another switch.
Is there a way to get this wired?
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:57 AM   #2
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You will need to tell us what you want to have happen. Are these two gang switch boxes with two pairs of 3 way switches that control the outlets separately?

Is one pair of 3 way switches controlling just the outlet in the middle?

Hint: for starters, for each pair of 3 way switches, run a 3 wire cable (12-3 for 20 amp circuits) directly from one switch box to the other.

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Please give a better description of what you want to accomplish. What do the switch control?
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I would like both outlets to run off both switches. I have single gang boxes with one outlet for each. I can bring power in anywhere. I do have 3wire run between everything right now.
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Bring power to one switch. Run 3 wire cable from that switch directly to the other switch.

Run 2 wire cable from the second switch to the first outlet (receptacle). Run 2 wire cable between the two outlets.

Connect all ground wires together. A ground wire, possibly a short length, must be connected to the green screw of each switch or receptacle.

Connect all whites together. Use the silvery screws of the receptacle units. Connect the red and black wires of the 3 wire cable to the switch traveler terminals (not the dark terminal). Connect the black wires of the 2 wire cables to the switch common (dark) terminal. At the outlets, connect the black wires to the gold terminals.

Where two wires (same color) are attached to the same side of the receptacle, it is slightly better to connect the two wires together with an additional, short (6" or so), length of wire to go to one of the terminals on the receptacle, compared with using both side by side terminals.
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