Daffy duck wiring - need help

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Old 05-15-16, 07:48 PM
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Daffy duck wiring - need help

My living room is set up with 8 recessed light cans wired to three three-way switches. There is little rhyme or reason to how the lights were assigned to the switches - one switch controls two and the other two control three - and I would like to consolidate them all into one switch. I seem to be having issues with the wiring, however. Here is what I have, after disconnecting all the switches (I am attaching photos).

At box 1:
Before: http://i.imgur.com/QSM3tm0.jpg
3 sets of 14/3 coming from the top of the box and one set of 14/2, also coming out of the top, and one set of 14/2 coming from below. I have verified that the 14/2 coming from the bottom of the box is the one coming from the power source. It would appear that the set of 14/2 coming from the top of the box leads to one set of the recessed lights.
After: http://i.imgur.com/RoZQnHQ.jpg

At box 2, I have:
Before:http://i.imgur.com/CNXhybr.jpg
3 sets of 14/3 coming from the top of the box, and two sets of 14/2, also coming from the top of the box. I am fairly certain that the sets of 14/2 are going to two different sets of recessed lights.
After:http://i.imgur.com/6V5lcpj.jpg (you can't see but all three white wires going up are wired together)

Using this diagram (http://i.stack.imgur.com/3j0e2.gif) I tried to use the first line of 14/3 to carry the neutral and hot connections going to the two sets of lights at box 2 to box 1, then wired everything according to the diagram using another of the 14/3 lines and wiring all the neutral and hot wires of the three sets of lights together. However, I only get one set of lights turning on, the set that seems to feed in at box 1. Could anyone help me figure out how to consolidate everything on one switch? It's nuts to me that the previous owner had everything set up this way, as the cans only had 60W bulbs (now they have 17W LEDs) and I was told you could easily have 8 of them on one switch.

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Old 05-15-16, 08:51 PM
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Do you have access above to the lights such as an unfinished attic? If so you might want to chose the last light in one of your groups, disconnect the power in cables to the other two groups, and then run new cable to them daisy chaining from the last light in the group you are keeping. You may be able to use some of the existing cables in the groups if the lights are all ready daisy chained within the group.
 
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This was one of the first things I considered, since I wasn't too sure about the wiring of the lights. Unfortunately, all the cans are sealed off and under floorboards in the attic, so getting to them would be pretty difficult.

I just tried this wiring configuration, but got the same outcome: the same set of lights turns on, and nothing else:

http://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/i...ple-lights.gif
 
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Well, I'm an idiot. The sociopath electrician who wired the box had the three sets of 14/3 entering the boxes in different orders, and I made the dumb assumption that A corresponded to A across the boxes. Once I realized I should not make the assumption, I was able to use my meter to figure out which was which. Turned out A->C and B->A and C->B. Knowing that, I was able to just use my initial diagram to get everything working on the same switch.

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Good job! Thanks for letting us know.
 
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