Two sets of three way switches

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Old 12-04-13, 08:37 AM
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Two sets of three way switches

I am finishing my basement and have 8 recessed cans installed in the main area. I would like to run 5 lights off of two three way switches and the other 3 off of another set of three way switches. Two of the three way switches will be near the bottom of the steps where the power will come into the 2 gang box. The other 2 gang box will be in another part of the basement.
I am thinking the proper wiring is as follows and am looking for reassurance.

14-2 from 15 amp breaker to first 2 gang box.
Pigtail 14-2 to and wire to both switches.
Run 14-3 from switches by stairs to the other set of switches.
Run 14-2 from second set of switches to lights
14-2 from switch in 2nd gang box to lights 1-5
14-2 from other switch in gang box to lights 6-8

thanks for the help.
 
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Old 12-04-13, 08:50 AM
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That is the easiest way to wire the switches. It also gives you access to a neutral at the switches at a later date like the code now requires in finished areas.
 
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Old 12-04-13, 10:11 AM
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If someone can explain the wiring at the gang boxes or provide a link I would appreciate it.
 
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Old 12-04-13, 10:33 AM
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Does this help?

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Old 12-04-13, 10:42 AM
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This guy can be pretty corny, but he keeps this pretty simple. The only difference is the fact that you will pigtail your power coming in from the panel to two switches, and run the wires as you stated in your original post. Once you get by your first set of switches, it'll look like this.

3 Way Switch - YouTube
 
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Thanks for the really quick and helpful responses. New to this site and will be using it a lot more.
 
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