Light Switches


Old 09-21-00, 11:09 AM
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I recently replaced the light switches in my 40 year-old house solely for asthetic purposes. I removed the old wire and reattached it in exactly the same way to the new switch. It is part of what I believe is called a 3 pole system (the light can be turned on and/or off at two separate locations). After I completed the wiring, and turned the power back on, the switch was no longer able to be turned on from location 1 if I turned it off from location 2, and vice versa. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-21-00, 12:15 PM
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Look at you orginal switches, an look
for the common treminal. It should be
marked, colored, or distiguishable from
the other two is some way, other than position. Distinguish the the common terminal
on the new switches tthe same way, and connect what was on the common terminal
on the old switches to the common terminal
on the new switches, an what connected to
the traveller terminals on the old swithes
to the traveller terminals on the new switches
Old 09-21-00, 07:03 PM
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Gary is right, what I think happened to you is that you got snookered by the electrical industry on one of my pet peaves. Not all three way switches have the common screw in the same location. You replaced by location matching the old brand of switch. The common screw is probably in another location on the new switch different from the location of the old one.

Point to consider, the mistake in location of the first 3 way switch is prabably matched by the same mistake on the second 3 way switch.

Good Luck


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