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Old 01-29-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
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Wiring diagram to move switch in box w/3 way wires and source


We are attempting to move a wall switch from a hallway into a room. The problem is we can't figure out how to "remove" the switch from it's existing location because it shares the box with the source (3 wires white, red and black) and a 3 way switch. Connecting black to black doesn't work because there is a white "behaving as black" and the red from what appears to be the source.

Does anyone know if there is a wiring diagram that shows this scenario?

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Is the existing switch moving AND the other stuff in the box staying? If it is then just connect a cable to the existing wires and run the cable to the new location. The colours don't need to match exatly.

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we already have the cable in the new location and hadn't installed a switch yet. We want to close the circuit where the old switch was and put the switch in the new location. The problem is when we put the new switch in, removed the old - connecting the black to black it no longer worked.

One of the blacks going into the switch was a pig tail joined to another black and a white (going into red cap in picture). I think I would have been able to figure it out if only one of the lines coming in had 3 wires, instead there are 2 so I end up with an odd wire that I need to connect to something.

In the picture it's the switch on the left that we are trying to remove.
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Did you put the new black with the other wires it was connected to before?
The old switch had three connections. Some of them were multiple wires. Connect you new cable to the same wires as the old switch.
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You said you had a black pigtail connected to the old switch.

Visualize but don't actually connect that black pigtail to the black wire of your newly strung cable. You would actually remove that black pigtail completely and connect the new cable black in its place (at the red wire nut) with everything else including the white wire originally in that wire nut still there.

If the old switch being moved had three wires not counting a bare or green wire, then you needed a new three wire cable (not counting a bare wire) to connect the respective wires to.
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