new 4 way switch


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Old 02-15-14, 08:14 PM
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new 4 way switch

Hello, i am changing all my plugs and switches and i got to a 4 switch. I swapped it and thought it was wired up the same but now when the switch in the middle(the 4 way) on i can also control the light from the other switches, but when the middle(4 way) is off the other two switches(3 ways) don't work. I tried switching what sides the connections where on, on the 4 way but it did nothing. any advise? Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 02-15-14, 08:41 PM
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Sometimes four way switches can be a little tricky. If you see my diagram below..... some switches are wired with travelers on the top and bottom of the switch and some switches are wired with travelers on the sides. Try it both ways.

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Old 02-15-14, 11:23 PM
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thanks, thats what it was, the old one had the pairs split side to side and the new one didn't.
 
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Old 02-16-14, 06:03 AM
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That is why you always go by screw color not screw position.
 
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Old 02-16-14, 08:17 AM
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Ray.... Strange as it may seem... I've found that the screw colors on a four way are not always similar. Three ways are always the same.
 
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Old 02-16-14, 08:43 AM
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And that is what happens when you post logic but have some how avoided 4-way switches your whole life. Of course for me no problem, quick meter check, but for beginners not so easy.
 
 

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