3 way switch problem

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Old 05-24-19, 06:00 PM
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3 way switch problem

I need help wiring my switches to my hallway light. My brother installed our parents light in the hall over 5 years ago and only one switch (or the other) in the hall has ever worked since then. I attached photos of the wiring in the boxes. I did trial an error of connecting the wires in different spots on the two switches with no luck...I just can't seem to get the wiring correct.

With the power on, I used a non-contact voltage detector to determine which wires had the power/voltage and determined the following:

Box 1:
1-no voltage
2-has voltage
3-has voltage
4-has voltage (all 3 I believe)
5-no voltage (both I believe)

Box 2:
1-has voltage
2-has voltage
3-has voltage

Please note, I did not wire the ceiling hall light myself so I do not know what the wiring looks like, but I can take it apart if necessary (but hopefully not as it seems time consuming).

Any help with this would be much appreciated.

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Old 05-24-19, 06:12 PM
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With the power on, I used a non-contact voltage detector to determine which wires had the power/voltage
A non contact tester is not reliable enough to trust. You need to use a test light or analog multimeter.
 
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Old 05-24-19, 06:13 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

A non contact tester is not terribly helpful in this type of problem.
A test meter.... even analog... is more effective.

At box 1......
2 and 3 are travelers and go on the brass screws.
1 is the light/load and goes on the black/dark common screw.
Only 4 is always live/hot.

At box 2.....
1 and 2 (the same red and white as 2 and 3) go to the brass screws.
3 goes to the black/dark common screw.
 
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Old 05-25-19, 07:52 AM
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It worked!!!!

Thank you so much PJ! Very much appreciated.
 
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