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Hello,
I have a hallway light that is controlled by two switches. On switch one there are two groups of wires. Group one has a black and a red and the second group has just a black. I am not including the ground and the white since I never screwed those up.
Switch number two there are three groups of wire. The black and red coming from switch one (I assume), a black wire which I assume is power and a third black wire that feeds the electricity to a bedroom.
DO I need a four way switch on that for the bedroom? I am so confused!
Thanks for any insight you could provide.
Steve
 

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The wire going to the bedroom needs to be tied to the hot wire(feed).Tie them together and pigtail off to switch.
 

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yes they all go out the top. would you say that the wire with the red and black is the one that runs between the two boxes?
 

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That would leave 2 blacks.Pigtail them that sould make bedroom have power.And put pigtail on comon screw
 

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I have the black from that wire going to the two common screws.

I am taking some bad pictures of what I am dealing with. thanks for your help by the way.
 

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Ok first pitcher find you red and black sould be in 3 wire (same cable) they need to be on the two gold screws on switch.Next the other two black wires twist together and get a short piece of black wire and twist together with the two wires you twisted together that gives you a (pigtail one wire to goto common black screw on switch) Hope that helps
 

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okay a step in the right direction. BUT the box with only the three wires the red/black and the additional black (picture 2) controls the light. If it is off the other switch doesnt control the light.The bedroom has constant power so that is solved (amazingly) but if the box with three wires is off the other switch doesnt control the light.
 
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