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Question by joe
Submitted on 3/16/2004
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how to install a 3 way switch ?

Answer by dewey
Submitted on 3/21/2004
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rolling stones


Answer by DAVID
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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Answer by BillElectric
Submitted on 6/2/2004
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Three way switch has two locations (like two doorways) for control. A four way has three locations (three doorways control). If you want to switch the light from entering and exiting a large room then you have the need for a three way. You might have to ask a electrician to help you on this.


Answer by chris
Submitted on 7/3/2004
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Whats hot is hot(lead wire) and what's not is ground. I think the white wire in a house is ground.


Answer by SAM
Submitted on 4/30/2005
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The White Wire is the neutral, the ground wire is not required in a three way switch wiring.

You need two seperate hot for both the switches  and also need two runner( or so called traveler wire) traveling from one switch to another.
And then the neutral from first switch goes to the Load (the bulb etc..) and the neautral from the other swich goes to the LOAD too. other two runner runs from one switch to another


Answer by Joe
Submitted on 8/27/2005
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I bet you have never seen it done like this. Connect the White to one of the travlers and the Hot wire to the other travler. Then connect one wire from the lamp to the common on one switch and the other wire from the Lamp to the other switch common. I have found this setup in knob and tube work.    Joe in Florida


Answer by Bob L.
Submitted on 9/21/2006
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I need a wiring diagrahm for 4 can lights switched by 3 way switchs fed from 1 of the switches


Answer by abideejay
Submitted on 5/6/2007
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Ugh.  People that don't know what they're doing are the reason I'm having to rewire my entire house. (Previous homeowner thought he/she knew how to wire.  Scary stuff!)

The white wire is the NEUTRAL conductor in any modern wiring unless it has been re-coded as a hot wire (with black tape, etc).  The ground wire (in romex) is ALWAYS bare copper.  Occasionaly, the ground wire can be green if you're dealing with wires pulled though a conduit or armored flex cable.


Answer by Marilyn
Submitted on 6/1/2007
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My husband is installing 2  3-way light switches can you tell him how to do it


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