3-way light switch wiring


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Old 12-31-14, 12:03 PM
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3-way light switch wiring

I am replacing old 3-way light switches and I am having a bit of an issue with them.

Switch #1:
2 Black Wires
1 Red Wire
2 White wires pigtailed together

-- I put in the new switch on Switch #1 and everything worked fine

Switch #2
1 Black
1 Red
1 White

When I replaced this switch #2 it is not working properly. If i turn switch #1 on it turns the light on, when I flip switch #2 to turn off the light it turns it off but when I flip switch #1 back to turn it on the light does not go on.

can anyone guide me on how this needs to be hooked up?

On the new light switches I have 1 black terminal and 1 gold terminal on one side and another gold terminal on the opposite side.
 
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Old 12-31-14, 12:06 PM
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Black is the common. The wire that was on the common on the old switch must go on the common of the new switch.

Notes: the travelers on the brass screw are interchangeable. It doesn't matter which traveler to which brass screw.
Position of screws can vary with manufacturer so you must go by screw color not position on the new switch.
 
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Old 12-31-14, 12:29 PM
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Thanks! I just got it. I had to flop the black and red wires.
 
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Old 12-31-14, 02:30 PM
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Excellent! Thanks for letting us know.
 
 

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