Help with switch issues


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Old 11-02-17, 01:05 PM
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Help with switch issues

The house we recently moved into, has a light switch located by the bed (actually, the bed/pillows) cover it and it is annoying, as it gets hit often and switches on/off. It is a circuit with 3 total switches. Is there any product out there that allows for me to put a dummy plate on it, but keep the connections, so that the other two switches in the room that run the same lights still work? I am electrically disadvantaged, so any help is appreciated
 
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Old 11-02-17, 01:21 PM
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Short answer is yes but this is some of the more complicated wiring projects in a house, at least in my opinion, so hiring a pro might be in order. That said, can you open up the switch to show us how it's wired?
 
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Old 11-02-17, 01:29 PM
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unfortunately I won't be able to upload any pics until at least tomorrow. I was wondering if there was a type of dummy plate out there that had the internal connector parts to it, so that i would be able to just unhook the current flip switch and then plug the connectors into the dummy plate and put it back in so that there is just a plate there and no flip switch but still has the wiring for if/when we ever sell.
 
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Old 11-02-17, 01:40 PM
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How are you turning the lights off at bedtime? It sounds like a simple 3 way switch setup.
 
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Old 11-02-17, 01:48 PM
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We usually turn them off by the bedroom door or bathroom as usually we have our nightstand lites on for reading or the tv on.
 
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Old 11-02-17, 01:54 PM
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Thats what I'm wondering....why can't I just unhook them, and cap them off?
 
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Old 11-02-17, 06:08 PM
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Depending on how it is wired the other switches may stop working.
 
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Old 11-02-17, 06:12 PM
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You can.

For exact help we need to know if it's a three way or four way switch.

If it's a three way switch it will have three wires on it. Ground is not counted. Remove the wire from the dark colored/black screw and connect to either of the other two. The third wire will be capped off.

If it's a four way switch it will have four wires on it. Remove all four wires.
Connect the like colored wires together. Red to red - white to white -black to black.
 
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Old 11-03-17, 09:05 AM
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Thanks for all the help!! Capped off and done.....and believe it or not....the other switches work!!!
 
 

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