# Three Way Switch challenge

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by GoosePimp, Dec 10, 2003.

1. ### GoosePimpGuest

I have a house that an electrician started then disappeared.....am doing the
final switches & fixtures. Have a threee way switch and have found diagrams
for the hookup if the power is at one switch and the load is at another but
cant find one for the power and load in the same box...Any help would be
appreciated!

Thanks,

Steve
Portland, OR

2. ### Andy SmithGuest

Nothing to do with the original matter, but i am interested in the
differences between the trade slang used in the US and UK. In my country,
the intermediate wires are termed 'strappers' there are lots of instances
of these differences

3. ### BrianGuest

Don't be stupid. Call another electrician!

4. ### Guest

+-light-+---white--power
| +---black--power
| |
+---0 0----B------+ +----B------------0 0---+
| +-0 0-+ |
| | | |
| +--------R---------+---------R----------------+ |
| |
+----------W---------+---------W------------------+

The center junction box "hosts" the light, and has
power coming in on a 2 wire cable. A three wire cable
exits that box to the switch on the left, and another
three wire cable exits that box to the switch on the
right. The common terminal of one switch is wired to
the black wire of the light; the common terminal of
the other switch is wired to the black power feed
wire. The white power feed wire is connected to the
white light wire. The remaining 4 wires - 2 wires
from each switch - are connected by color - red to
red and white to white. Both of those whites should
be taped with black or red tape to re-identify them
as hot.

6. ### sGuest

a two way switch is a two way switch.you cant name a swith after the number
of tewrminals it has.i take it you american sparks call a two way switch a
three way?when it allows power from the common terminal to flow one of TWO
WAYS around the strappers?an intermediate is just that,it acts on the
strappers alone,it doe'snt swicth current from one point to allow it along
one of FOUR WAYS does it,thats why we call it an intermediate.Perhaps the
american terminology is crap?But of course,being the largest superpower in
the world i suppose we should all adopt your incorrect terminology?Why are
americans so bloody righteous and arrogant?

7. ### BeachcomberGuest

The gentlemen was, I believe, using irony in this instance....

Americans realize that their terminology for "three-way" and
"four-way" switches for the previously mentioned circuit is a bunch of
crap.

8. ### PerionGuest

LOL!!!! I've always been puzzled about those terms. How about "three-way" ->
three screws, "four-way" -> 4 screws??? I know - coming from or going to 3 (or
4) directions. Uhhh... guess that's the same as how many screws. It's a weird
one, fer sure.

Perion

9. ### sGuest

well your'e certainly right there beachcomber,after all are'nt they the last
civilised country in the world to still allow twist-its?(thats wire-nuts to
our american friends)

10. ### sQuickGuest

S, you are a top posting retard with no sense of irony, sarcasm or comedy
and should be put down like a lame dog.

sQuick [UK]

11. ### sGuest

is that right?tosser.....

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