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Electrical Question about Wiring for Three Way Switches

I am trying to wire a single pole switch and a 3 way switch into 1 switch Box. I believe the power comes in from the single light into…


Electrical Question from Chris about Light Switch Wiring
Background: Chris, a Homeowner from Durango, CO

Question: I am trying to wire a single pole switch and a 3 way switch into 1 switch Box. I believe the power comes in from the single light into the box.Thank you

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Chris. If you wish to convert the switching from one switch to two three-way switches then a 3-wire cable will need to be installed between the two three-way switch locations. There are wiring diagrams in this website that show this wiring configuration, just follow the link below to the Wiring Diagrams location.

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  1. shane says:

    My 3 way switched dont work.
    I understand that the power will go to the 1st switches common screw, and the traveler to the light goes on the second switch common screw.
    however,
    both the power and the wire for the light are going into the same box, and the swich downstairs has just 1 14/3 wire running to the box.
    also, apparently all the wires in the box upstairs (1st switch) are live,
    for the time being i have it wired a very strange way and i dont want anything to go wrong, (fire).

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Shane,
      May I encourage you to check out my 3-Way Switch Ebook which will show you so much more than I could possibly explain right here, and the diagram you need to see is right there all laid out in full color just waiting for you.
      Its a complete bargain, especially if you want to wire your three way switches the right way and get them working today – GUARANTEED!
      Dave

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