Single pole switches with traveler wires


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Old 08-21-19, 12:16 PM
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Single pole switches with traveler wires

I keep coming across interesting problems I can't solve on my own. I have a set of three switches, all old single-pole ones, with push-in wire connectors in addition to screw terminals. This set of three switches have traveler wires in between them, as you can see in the pictures I've uploaded here. Is the correct way to go about replacing those switches pigtailing the incoming wire with three extensions running one to each switch?

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Old 08-21-19, 12:23 PM
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Get another short black wire to go along with the two you already have. Connect all of them to the two black wires coming out of the wall that are attached to the left and right switch. Then connect one short wire to each switch.
 
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Old 08-22-19, 07:49 AM
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Thanks, joed, I do have a follow-up question. You say to connect the three short wires to the two black wires coming from the wall. So pigtail all five wires together? That would leave only one wire connected to the switch on the right - just wanting to be sure that's the correct way to go because that seems like it would cut off the circuit since there's no return wire to the breaker box.
 
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Old 08-22-19, 08:26 AM
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So pigtail all five wires together?
Yes

That would leave only one wire connected to the switch on the right -
No. It appears to me as if the right and the left switch both have two wires on one of the terminals. The second wire on both terminals needs to be connected together with the three pigtails. There will be one pigtail and one cable wire on each switch.
 
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Old 08-26-19, 07:12 AM
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Success once again! Thanks so much, this worked.
 
 

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