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Old 01-03-11, 10:33 PM
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Question Single pole dimmer switch it knocks off the 3 way ceiling light and the 4 wall p

Hello,
I have a single pole dimmer switch hooked up to a ceiling light. The feed comes in to the dimmer switch and out to the light.
I have added a 3 way switch to another ceiling light and a single pole light switch hooked up to 4 wall plugs.
The problem I'm having is when I shut off the single pole dimmer switch it knocks off the 3 way ceiling light and the 4 wall plugs.
There's something that's not right.
I would appreciate any tip you can give me.
Thanks, Bob
 
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Old 01-04-11, 05:39 AM
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Yes, you wired it wrong. Do you only have two cables in the dimmer box? Where is the other 3 way switch? Maybe a diagram might be helpful.
 
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Hope this helps.

3 gang box
Connected 3 black and 3 white wires to the feed wire.
#1b black wire from feed is connected to the top black wire on the single pole dimmer switch.
the second black wire on the dimmer switch is connected to the black wire to #1 ceiling light.
#1w white wire from the feed is connected to the white wire to #1 ceiling light.
#2b black wire from feed is connected to the black wire on the 3 way wire going to the other room.
#2w white wire from the feed is connected to the white wire to #2 ceiling light.
black wire on 3 way switch is connected to the black wire to #2 ceiling light.
red wire on 3 way switch is connected to the red wire on the 3 way wire going to the other room.
red/white wire on 3 way switch is connected to the white wire on the 3 way wire going to the other room.
#3b black wire from feed is connected to the single pole switch.
black wire from series of 4 wall plugs is connected to the other single pole switch.
#3w white wire from the feed is connected to the white wire to series of 4 wall plugs.
I hope this helps, I really appreciate your help.
Thank you, Bob347
 
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Old 01-04-11, 02:41 PM
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Connected 3 black and 3 white wires to the feed wire.
Terminology is important trying to understand something this complex. "Connected 3 black" Does that mean you connected three pigtails and ran one wire to each switch? "3 white wires to the feed" Does that mean you connected the neutral from each light to the white of power in?

More on terminology. Use the term cable not wire when referring to two or more conductors in a single sheath.

Lets break it down and wire one switch at a time. Lets start with the 3-way. Tell us how it is connected. Use the terms common and travelers when referring to the wires on the switch not the color of the wires. Tell us which color wires of the 3-conductor cable are used for the travelers and which for the common. Tell us how it is connected.
 
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Terminology is important trying to understand something this complex. "Connected 3 black" Does that mean you connected three pigtails and ran one wire to each switch? "3 white wires to the feed" Does that mean you connected the neutral from each light to the white of power in?
yes........yes

Lets break it down and wire one switch at a time. Lets start with the 3-way. Tell us how it is connected. Use the terms common and travelers when referring to the wires on the switch not the color of the wires. Tell us which color wires of the 3-conductor cable are used for the travelers and which for the common. Tell us how it is connected.
I'm not sure about travelers and which for the common.
 

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Old 01-04-11, 05:13 PM
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When you say "knock off" do you mean turns off the other light/receptacles or you mean trip the breaker?
 
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turns off the other light/receptacles
 
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Old 01-04-11, 05:31 PM
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I'm not sure about travelers and which for the common
You can't wire a three way with out knowing which two screws/wires are the travelers and which is the common. You have to get that correct.

On a regular switch you will usually have two brass colored screws that are the travelers and one darker screw that is the common. On a dimmer switch with wires usually you have two same color wires that are the travelers and a single different color wire (never green) that is the common.

Line (power in) goes to the common on one switch the load (light) goes to the common on the other switch. The two travelers connect the switches to gether. Here is a picture posted by Linesman that shows how your circuit will be wired.



Drawing courtesy of Linesman
 
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Old 01-04-11, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob347 View Post
turns off the other light/receptacles
That would happen if you were feeding one switch from another instead of hooking a pigtail from power in to each switch.
 
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