Help with wiring ...

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Old 02-07-10, 08:32 AM
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Help with wiring ...

I was repairing my ceiling in my shop and cut out some wiring and cannot seem to get the connection right.



The switch controlled the lights and the back end.
2 lights,2 switches and 2 plugs off the 3-wire.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-07-10, 08:57 AM
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wiring

black wire from panel to white wire to switch ( and black wire to back end of panel )
black wire from switch to black wire of light ( tag the white wire at the switch and the connection in the ceiling with a sharpie or black tape to note that is NOT a neutral wire )

white from panel to white to light and to back end
cap off red as i do not know what it's function is unless it is a second circuit,
and if that is the case you missing one wire to feed the red.

it does not seem to be a 3 way switch since you would have a red wire going to the switch
 

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Old 02-07-10, 09:07 AM
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OK thanks!
I'm printing your instructions and will head out and do it now.
I'll post back in a bit.

FYI I checked 1 switch,1 outlet and 1 light in the backend and they are all 2-wire.
 
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Old 02-07-10, 09:12 AM
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Also as it was set up,when I walked into the shop with the light switch off,there was still power to the back end,the switch was not needed ON.
If the back lights were on though,and I shut the front switch OFF,those lights went off as well but there is still power to the plugs.
So I think that RED wire was PIG TAILED in this mess somewhere.
But I'm going to try what you suggest and let you know.

I'm not going blow myself up here am I
 
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Old 02-07-10, 09:42 AM
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OK Mike I did what you said... heres what happenned...

Did All the wiring like you said,light switch off,but when I put the POWER ON the light came ON

I'll wait till you reply before going further.
Mean time I'll see if I can find where that RED wire goes back there.
 
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Old 02-07-10, 10:03 AM
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Ok the RED wire is in the mix !
The 3-wire took me to the 1 light where it is connected to BLK WIRE going either to a plug or the other light.Can't quite see but I can if needed.
And again...with POWER on,light switch in FRONT(Main light switch) OFF,lights should be off(All the lights).
When hitting that light switch should send power to the 2 LIGHTS in the back which are also controlled by SEPERATE switches.
There should be steady power to PLUG OUTLETS

The wires in the pic are the only wires to play with

I have the pcs I cut out.
I can tell you what was pigtailed
I just can't say which goes where.
 
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Old 02-07-10, 12:37 PM
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Well I tried different scenerios but can't seem to get it right.

I have the backend wired to the power panel now...

The BLK & RED from the Backend to the BLK of the POWER SOURCE

The WHT of the Backend to the WHT of the POWER SOURCE

Everything in the back end works fine.

Now I tried slipping in the SWITCH and the LIGHT
Having the SWITCH TURNING the BACKEND LIGHTS and the FRONT LIGHT OFF.. no luck

How are they wired in??

All I have left to wire are the BLK & WHT from the SWITCH and the BLK & WHT from the light...

Anyone??
 
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Old 02-08-10, 06:10 AM
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Thanks for the help Mike.
I figured it out finally.
The 2 2-Wire cables both came from the SWITCH not the PANEL BOX.
So the HOT 1 I was able to get juice from ,had the BLK(hot) and WHT(common)
The other cable had both the WHT and the BLK HOT
so whatever was connected to those 2 wires would be controlled by the switch.
Thanks again.
 
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