going from 4 switches to 2 in a circuit?


Old 02-08-14, 03:59 PM
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going from 4 switches to 2 in a circuit?

I have a light circuit in a hallway that has 4 switches, -3way, 4 way, 4 way, 3 way, in that order.

I need to eliminate the last 2 switches as that area is being re-purposed as a new room. I can use the boxes a junctions and put blank covers on.

I already eliminated the last switch (3 way) by tying the common (white) and black together and capping the 3rd wire (red) alone. Everything works.

I then bypassed the 3rd switch (4 way) buy connecting red to red and black to black. (white was already tied together, not connected to the switch). Everything works.

So I'm left with a 3 way and a 4 way. Right now everything is actually working correctly. But, I thought with only 2 switches in this configuration, both switches should be 3 way.

-is it ok to have this configuration since everything is working? I assume i've just created a dead runner circuit.
-if not, how can I change the remaining 4 way into a 3 way?

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Old 02-08-14, 04:59 PM
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I can use the boxes a junctions and put blank covers on.
Yes, that is just fine. Just leave it in the configuration that is currently working for you can call it good.

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