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Refreshing Old Work - Power to Light to Switch to Switch & Receptacle

Refreshing Old Work - Power to Light to Switch to Switch & Receptacle


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Old 02-22-14, 07:03 PM
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Refreshing Old Work - Power to Light to Switch to Switch & Receptacle

Hi all. Doing a slight remodel and a bit confused by a current problem. The picture below shows the set up. I currently have it wired as a typical three way - and everything works perfectly. The problem is that I don't know how to get power to the Outlet (C1) and switch (C2) from the power source (C3). Right now the red cable on C3 is capped off in the junction box, and the switch plate. It worked before I got in there and tried to clean things up, but I (dumbly) assumed power was coming into the receptacle from elsewhere....nope, it's not.

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Old 02-22-14, 07:19 PM
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What color wire is hooked to the common at the other 3-way switch not shown?
 
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Old 02-23-14, 05:30 AM
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The common on the other switch is the black cable. The common on the first is white.
 
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Old 02-23-14, 06:05 AM
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Try...
At the light:
  • All three whites connected to each other.
  • C3 Red to light black.
  • Power black to C3 black
At the switch box shown.
  • C1 white, C2 white and C3 white connected together.
  • C3 Black connected to two black pigtails and C1 black.
  • One black pigtail to common of shown switch (not a white).
  • Other black pigtail to one screw of exterior light switch
  • C2 Black to other screw of exterior light switch.
  • C4 black connected to C3-red.
  • C4 white and red on the traveler screws of the shown switch.
  • C4 black on common of switch no shown.
At switch not shown C4 red and re-colored C4 white* to the traveler screws.

*Note: Code requires C4 white be recolored any color but green or gray to indicate it is not a grounded conductor (neutral). Usual colors or red or black or blue. It can be done with felt tip marker or colored tape.
 

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Old 02-23-14, 06:28 AM
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Thanks so much for the help. Two clarifications:

1) Where will black of C1 go?
2) Will black on C4 remain the common for the switch not shown?

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Old 02-23-14, 07:11 AM
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C3 Black connected to two black pigtails and C1 black.

C4 black on common of switch not shown.

(Omissions added to previous post.)
 
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Old 02-23-14, 11:40 AM
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Fantastic. That did the trick. Thanks so much for the help!
 
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Old 02-23-14, 12:36 PM
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Glad you got it. Thanks for letting us know the outcome.
 
 

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