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    I learned something today about 3-way switches

    1) If you are replacing old worn out switches, do not assume the poles for the travelers and hot are exactly the same as the old switches.

    2) Make it easy on your self and only replace 1 switch at a time. It's a lot easier to get right if you know you have one switch still wired correctly!

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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    You have my number, you should have called. There is always going to be a hot wire in that mess somewhere.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    Yeah, Rule #1 should be never buy a house wired by a plumber...

    I eventually got it figured out. Biggest issues were figuring out which one was the leg end and what wires were the travelers. Eventually got it. But if I'd only replaced one switch at a time, it would have been much easier...

    You'd have loved some of the other wiring innovations the guy did. Like instead of doing a twisted wire and pigtail, just daisy chaining the hot from one switch to the next.
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    Oh the daisy chain is my favorite.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
    Yep. And never, ever assume that one circuit breaker completely controls both switches. Don't ask me how I know...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Yep. And never, ever assume that one circuit breaker completely controls both switches. Don't ask me how I know...

    Thanks,

    Bill
    I am finding that in this house, it seems completely random what circuit breaker controls what switch.

    I do use some little tools like



    and



    And





    Just to make sure I don't 'lectrocute' myself...
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    Aw, just lick your fingers and let it rip You don't need all that fancy stuff.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Aw, just lick your fingers and let it rip You don't need all that fancy stuff.
    It's best to use this method first thing in the morning...saves on buying coffee.
    Darren

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    My construction teacher actually had an old electrician manual that stated to use the "lick the fingers method". Guess times were a little tough back in the day.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    It's not the volts, Its the amps, am i right?
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