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# three lights three switches and one power line

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09-21-03, 12:19 PM
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three lights three switches and one power line

I have two switches in one box. Each switch is for a different light.
In that same box there is also a line that lead to a switch for another light in another room and the hot line from the breaker box. All of these switches need power from this one power line.
There was another switch so you could turn one light on or off at either end of the hall but it has been removed. Now that that switch is gone I can't get any of them to work. What should I do.

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09-21-03, 12:39 PM
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We need more information. Let's start with two questions:[list=1][*]Which of the three remaining switches is the one that worked in conjuction with the "removed" swtich (i.e., which of these three switches is the 3-way switch)?[*]Exactly how did you "remove" the other switch (i.e., what did you do with the wires and the box)?[/list=1]

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09-21-03, 12:54 PM
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Ok, I hope I can explain this better. At one end of the hall is a switch for an outdoor light and a switch for a hall light(which was the switch that worked with the one removed). There is also a wire that leads back to another switch in another room for that rooms light. When the switch from the other end of the hall was removed all the wire nuts in the box were taken off the wires.(Of course we can't remember what went where) So, basically there are four sets of wires in the box, one being the power supply.

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09-21-03, 01:01 PM
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Let's look more closely at the switch you removed. I'll temporarily ignore the fact that removing it may violate codes requiring a light switch at each end of a hall.

In that box with the removed switch, exactly how many wires are there, and what colors? Are these wires now isolated from each other? Does the box have a blank cover plate on it?

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09-21-03, 01:05 PM
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There are a total of 16 wires 8 white and 8 black, there is not a cover on the box there are two switches. *This is an old hose and there are no copper grounds.

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09-21-03, 02:13 PM
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I'm confused. I'm only interested in the box where the switch was removed. Was it in a box with two other switches? Is that where the 16 wires are? Are these 16 wires still connected to the other two switches? I'm not getting a clear picture.

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09-22-03, 01:54 PM
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This box is where the removed switches wires came from. The 8 wires in this box are no longer connected to anything. They should connect 3 swithces and lights together. In other words in the box with two switches are 2 wires to 2 lights (1 black and 1 white from each light) . 1 wire from the breaker (1 black and 1 white), and another wire from a switch in another room ( 1 black and 1 white). I apologize for confusing the issue by telling you there were 16 wires. There are actually 4 wires, each having 1 black and one white. Again sorry for the confusion.