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Old 03-15-2010, 09:00 AM   #1
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Hello, I am hardwiring smoke dectors throughout house. Ran the cables over the weekend. I am putting a junction box in attic (accessable) to tap off to get power. I ran 14/3 to each dector. The first one coming out of the junction box to the first dector, I ran 14/3 and then continued to run 14/3 to each one after, so each location has the two cables. The first one, coming out of the junction box, I was going to run 14/2 to power the first smoke and then run the 14/3 with the traveler between each one, but accidently didn't. For the first one can I just not connect the traveler (red) and wire nut it in the junction box and dector box or should I re-run a 14/2 to the first smoke? Should be easy to do because I can use the 14/3 as a pull. What is the correct thing to do?
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If I understand correctly you ran a 14-3 to the first smoke box as a power cable. That is ok just an extra wire. Just use the white and black and cap off the red.
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Exactly. I just wanted to back sure they wouldnt have a problem capping the red at each end. Meant to run 14/2 to the first, but ran 14/3 to them all.
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