wiring help with 3-way receptacles

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wiring help with 3-way receptacles

I am updating some of the outlets and switches in my garage and I need a little help with the right wiring configurations that I need to finish the job.


The power is coming into a receptacle box and then feeds the switches and another outlet. Diagram is below. I would like to know in what place to the wires connect too. I can't seem to find this in any of the diagrams that I looked at.

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Old 07-17-12, 09:07 PM
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Do the 3 ways operate something not shown in your diagram? Do the both operate the same item?
 
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Old 07-18-12, 03:37 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Yeah, we need to know what the three way switches are controlling, whether it be light fixture (s) or that receptacle. If it is the receptacle, this may help. If not, post back with more information and we can help.

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The 3 way switches operate both of the receptacles. The receptacles are in the ceiling and the shop lights are plugged into these. So the switches are needed to turn on and off these lights.
 
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Chandler,

Thank you for your response.

But, the diagram that you show does not reflect the problem that I have. The reason is because the source is coming into the the receptacle and then branching off into the 2 3 way switches and then another receptacle.


This forum is almost the same as mine, but I cannot see the pictures. I do not know why.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...ptacles.html#b
 
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Do you have three wires (not counting the ground) going to each of the switches?
 
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Yes, I have 12-3 wires going to the switches and 12-2 wires elsewhere.
 
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Good! I'm not good drawing diagrams on the computer but I will give it a try:

Mark both whites going to the 3-ways with black tape

Alone receptacle:
Wire as normal (black to brass, white to silver, bare to ground)

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I only see 2 wires that connect to the incoming outlet. What other wires are connected?
 
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Just an opinion: It would be much easier for you to understand if you ran power to one of the switches first then daisy chained the two receptacles off the second switch.
 
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I understand that, but it is already wired this way. I moved a switch location, and I thought I rewired it correctly, but apparently did not. I just need a diagram to go off of. The below picture I can't see where all the wires go.
 
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I only see 2 wires that connect to the incoming outlet. What other wires are connected?
Only those two. One is the house neutral and the other is the hot, after it is controlled by the two 3-way switches - using the re-designated white wires in the NN-3 cables.
 
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The below picture I can't see where all the wires go.
  • Incoming hot spliced to the "white" (tagged w/black) to the common (usually black) terminal on the upper switch.
  • Travelers (red and black in the 3-wire cables), terminated on the brass screws on each 3-way switch, spliced color-to-color in the box where the power enters.
  • "White" (tagged w/black) from the common terminal on the right-hand switch spliced to the black wire feeding the "away" receptacle and to a black pigtail for the "near" receptacle.
  • Incoming neutral spliced to the white wire feeding the "away" receptacle and to a white pigtail for the "near" receptacle.
 
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The power is coming into a receptacle box and then feeds the switches and another outlet
Responding to post #5, you indicated the power came from the receptacle, so that is what I was basing my answer on, sorry.
 
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Thanks for all your help. I got it done.
 
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Glad you got it, and thank you for letting us know.
 
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