3 way switch not turning off light????

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Old 08-21-06, 07:56 PM
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3 way switch not turning off light????

i just installed new wiring in my hallway today...among other things, i ran wires for a ceiling fan at the top off the stairs....i ran the wiring for a three way switch to be used....heres my set-up......12/2 from breaker--three way switch(neutrals and grounds tied together, black to common)---12/3 to second three way(black and red to travelers)---12/2 to fixture(black to common)..ok now heres the problem...the light stays on...i didn't put the fan up yet..i have a temporary pull chain fixture up for now...but still it should shut off right???
 
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Old 08-21-06, 08:35 PM
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This link is what you described. It can't wired like this or it would work. Check your wiring again.

http://www.selfhelpandmore.com/switchoutlet/3way/3wayboth.htm
 
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Old 08-21-06, 08:35 PM
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On your 12-3 to the second switch, what did you do with the white wire. You need all three wires on the switch. Make note the white wire is not a neutral in switching.
 
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Old 08-21-06, 08:38 PM
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Joed: nice diagram. should help out alot. Sure is better than trying to describe "line" "load" "traveller", etc.
 
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Old 08-21-06, 08:42 PM
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no idea how, but i turned the breaker off, pulled the switches out of the box, changed nothing, turned the power back on, and there it was....working....maybe the switches need to be in a certain position before restoring power??/who knows...its working now, and i'm tired...thanks for everyones advice...later
 
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Old 08-22-06, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by chandler
On your 12-3 to the second switch, what did you do with the white wire. You need all three wires on the switch. Make note the white wire is not a neutral in switching.
In this case where the power is at one switch and the light at the second switch, the white wire is a neutral. It does not get connected to the switch.
 
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Old 08-22-06, 07:01 PM
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YOu're right, I was thinking he was powering at the light.
 
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Old 08-22-06, 10:26 PM
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OH, JESUS, You must have had a connection via a miss installed switch. I'm glad it worked out.
 
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Old 08-24-06, 11:40 PM
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Smile 4 way switch wiring

Where can I get a diagram that shows how to correctly wire a 4 way switch?

Thanks.
 
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Old 08-25-06, 10:52 AM
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This link has 12 different ways depending on where power and fixtures are.

http://www.selfhelpandmore.com/switchoutlet/4way/index.htm
 
 

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