3 way switch wires...did I screw up???? PLEASE HELP

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Old 11-28-01, 12:42 AM
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Unhappy 3 way switch wires...did I screw up???? PLEASE HELP

I have just completed the drywall portion of a room i am remodeling.....and now i find that the wires i ran for a 3 way switch dont seem to be in the right place...I think?????

(heres how Im wired)

receptical #1 has, 14/2 comming from the light fixture, as well as 14/2 comming in for the live, and then 14/3 for the 3 way switch.

receptical #2 has 14/3 comming from receptical #1


CAN ANYONE PLEASE TELL ME THE PROPER WAY TO CONNECT THESE TOGETHER?

THANK YOU
 
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Old 11-28-01, 07:59 AM
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When you say "receptacle", are you referring to where the two switches will go??? The term "receptacle" is normally used to refer to someplace you plug a lamp into, not a switch.

But if you mean the two switch boxes, then you're okay.

At switch #1, make the following connections:[list=1][*]Connect the black from the line power to the black of the 14/3.[*]Connect the black from the light to the "common" screw on the 3-way switch.[*]Connect the red and white of the 14/3 to the two traveller screws on the 3-way switch.[*]Connect the white from the line power to the white to the light.[/list=1]At switch #2, make the following connections:[list=1][*]Connect the red and white to the traveller screws on the 3-way switch.[*]Connect the black to the "common" screw on the 3-way switch.[/list=1]At the light, connect wires by color.
 
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Old 11-28-01, 08:37 AM
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John:

I was in the midst of replying to this when I previewed and saw your post.

Your answer was as usual, right on the money.

Not to confuse things, but I was about to suggest the following:

Power white to light white
power black to switch 1 common

light black to 3-wire white
3-wire black and red to traveler screws

at switch 2:
white to common
black and red to traveler screws.

Does this require coding the 3-wire white as black, and is therefore less "acceptable"?
 
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Old 11-28-01, 08:59 AM
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abNORMal, your way is just as good as mine. They are different but equivalent.
 
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