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12-02-20, 11:47 AM
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Posted By Rackaway

Yes it is, it's a two-switch box, and each switch...

Yes it is, it's a two-switch box, and each switch has a single central wire which then splits (in this switch's case) to four wires (one of which is the groundwire).
12-02-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 145
Posted By Rackaway

I thought that I needed to have FOUR wires (one...

I thought that I needed to have FOUR wires (one common, one neutral, two travelers, one ground) coming from the box for the smart switch to work. I have the switch below, but if this is a good...
12-02-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 145
Posted By Rackaway

Is this a proper 3-way to which I could install...

Is this a proper 3-way to which I could install that smart switch then?

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12-02-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 145
Posted By Rackaway

I have this switch elsewhere - four wires, no...

I have this switch elsewhere - four wires, no ground. The switch would work on this setup then?
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12-02-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 145
Posted By Rackaway

Yes, there were only three wires in that box, so...

Yes, there were only three wires in that box, so do I take it that the white and black wires should be connected to the two travelers and cap off the white and ground?
12-02-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 145
Posted By Rackaway

Thanks, maybe I'm using the wrong terminology. I...

Thanks, maybe I'm using the wrong terminology. I have three wires that feed the switch in question: 1 red, 1 white, 1 black. The red wire is under constant power, so that's my common wire. The...
12-02-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 145
Posted By Rackaway

I had the same problem, same Treatlife smart...

I had the same problem, same Treatlife smart switch, 3-way. I installed it on a circuit where there was no ground wire and a plastic outlet box so I taped off the ground wire and second traveler...
12-02-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 125
Posted By Rackaway

Backfeed, or something else?

I need to turn the breaker off for lights in my kitchen. I know from having a contractor work there about 16 months ago that one breaker controls the kitchen lights. However, I've turned off every...
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By Rackaway

I see, thanks. If I can get the treehouse moved...

I see, thanks. If I can get the treehouse moved forward would you recommend adding cross-braces to the posts for added stability?
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By Rackaway

The tree growth has actually shifted the entire...

The tree growth has actually shifted the entire playhouse, so I'd have to move it a few inches forward on all corners. That's a tall order, but if there's no other way besides removing the tree it...
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By Rackaway

Are you suggesting to keep the tree where it is...

Are you suggesting to keep the tree where it is and move the playhouse?
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Views: 272
Posted By Rackaway

Freestanding Playhouse vs. Tree

Our new house features a "treehouse" though it's freestanding on stilts. When the previous owners built it many years ago there was a tree nearby but that tree grew and eventually grew into the back...
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Views: 281
Posted By Rackaway

Ceiling fan and light wiring to two switches

I have a ceiling fan with connected light kit, it came with what seems to be the standard wire set (white, black, blue, ground). I had a new box installed and it has two sets of wires (white, black,...
09-05-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,199
Posted By Rackaway

thanks for sharing those diagrams and insights. ...

thanks for sharing those diagrams and insights. Based on what I'm seeing, then, I should wire the hot black wire on Switch A to the common, and the white and (hot) red wire to the brass terminal...
09-05-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By Rackaway

Definitely a 4-way switch. So I imagine I should...

Definitely a 4-way switch. So I imagine I should swap in a 4-way?
09-05-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,199
Posted By Rackaway

Perhaps I'm just spooked with some other problems...

Perhaps I'm just spooked with some other problems I'm having with other switches, but I haven't encountered one with two hot wires leading in. The 3-way switches I bought (Home Depot's Levitron...
09-04-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,199
Posted By Rackaway

3-way switch with multiple hot wires

I cant get a straightforward wiring situation. I have a pair of 3-way switches powering a single light in my dining room. I pulled the switched out to test. Switch A has a pretty standard looking...
09-04-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By Rackaway

3-way switches, one with an extra (non-ground) wire

I'm putting new switches in my new (old) house and I continue to have bizarre situations.

One light is connected to two 3-way switches. Switch 1 is pretty straightforward: black hot wire, white...
08-26-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 780
Posted By Rackaway

Success once again! Thanks so much, this worked.

Success once again! Thanks so much, this worked.
08-23-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 483
Posted By Rackaway

Thanks for the help - I swapped the pigtailed...

Thanks for the help - I swapped the pigtailed wires on the closet switch and everything is working smoothly now. Success!
08-22-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 780
Posted By Rackaway

Thanks, joed, I do have a follow-up question. ...

Thanks, joed, I do have a follow-up question. You say to connect the three short wires to the two black wires coming from the wall. So pigtail all five wires together? That would leave only one...
08-22-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 483
Posted By Rackaway

pcboss, I think you've got it. I've attached a...

pcboss, I think you've got it. I've attached a pic of the closet switch. It appears whoever wired that closet switch twisted two wires together. My theory, and please correct me if I'm wrong, is...
08-22-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 483
Posted By Rackaway

Sorry about that, PJmax. I'll make sure my pics...

Sorry about that, PJmax. I'll make sure my pics are smaller in future.
08-21-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 780
Posted By Rackaway

Single pole switches with traveler wires

I keep coming across interesting problems I can't solve on my own. I have a set of three switches, all old single-pole ones, with push-in wire connectors in addition to screw terminals. This set of...
08-21-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 483
Posted By Rackaway

No, the closet switch is separate from the vanity...

No, the closet switch is separate from the vanity switch. How can I bypass the closet switch so the light and fan switches always have power?
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