3-way switch: two 2-wire switches and one 3-wire switch in one box


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Old 05-23-19, 12:47 PM
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3-way switch: two 2-wire switches and one 3-wire switch in one box

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Hello,

My father had a contractor come and he ended up taking his dimmer and light switches and leaving the outlets with loose cables so I am attempting to install a dimmer and regular switch to a light. Where I plan to put the regular switch I have three cables in the first box, two 2-wire cables, one from the power source and the other leading to the light, and one 3-wire that connects to the dimmer switch. I attached an image of how I have it wired now but it still will not work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Link from where I obtained the image, it is option #9.
https://www.easy-do-it-yourself-home...g-diagram.html
 
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Old 05-23-19, 01:01 PM
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The diagram is correct. That leaves you with several possibilities.
1) the bulb is bad
2) there is no live power to the circuit.
3) the common terminal is labeled in the diagram. Did you correctly wire the C terminals ?

You are showing two switches. Did you get a three way capable dimmer ?
I've had problems wiring three way dimmers to regular switches.
 
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Old 05-23-19, 01:30 PM
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Pete,
You were correct I had my two traveler wires backwards on the regular switch. I swapped them and the light turned on. Of course I am still doing something incorrectly, once I flipped the breaker on the light turned on, but now neither the switch nor the dimmer are able to turn it off. As far as where the dimmer is, I borrowed the diagram from online but it is in the outlet with only the single 2-wire. I verified the dimmer is 3 way compatible, it is a Lutron SCL153P.
Does it matter which outlet I put the dimmer? Does it need to be in the one with the power source?

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Old 05-23-19, 02:00 PM
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You would follow dimmer/line side wiring.

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