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Posted by Harold Kestenholz - Hydronic Network on December 10th, 2001 02:15 PM
In reply to 3 way switch replacement by chris on December 10th, 2001 09:46 AM [Go to top of thread]

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: kill the power to the circuit [pull the fuse or switch off the circuit breaker. Take the incoming [hot]
wiring to the first 3-way switch [a special switch necessary at both of the switching locations]. Hook
the black [hot] lead to the center position on the switch. Hook up a red lead to one of the other
terminal positions on the switch and a white lead to the remaining terminal. run the white wire to
the light fixture, connecting it to one terminal on that fixture. then run another white wire from the
second terminal on the light fixture to the second switch. Back now to the first switch,and take those
black and red wires and route them to the second switch,using the most direct routing. They can be routed
right along with the white wire if that is convenient. At the second 3-way switch connect the red and the
black wires to the two outer terminals and the white to the center terminal. That's it. If you want to
verify what you believe I have described , hook the components up on a workbench put the fuse back in
and check out the sytem. The switches no longer work in the usual manner [switch upward to turn on the
light, switch down to turn it off] instead any activation of either switch will change whatever is the
current status of the light. Keep your fingers off of the terminals when power is back in the circuit.

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