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Wiring 3 way switch

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Jimmie, Sep 16, 2004.

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  1. Jimmie

    Jimmie Guest

    I want to rewire the overhead light in my living room for 3 way / maybe 4
    way operation. First of all I know how to do it. What I want to do is use 2
    pieces of 14-2 instead of 1 piece 14-3. I have a lot of 14 2. Is this OK.
     
  2. Ryan Evans

    Ryan Evans Guest

    NO.

    A cable must be electrically balanced. In other words, if you put an ammeter
    around any cable,
    it should read zero.

    RE
     
  3. PCK

    PCK Guest

    research magnetic heating or loss
     
  4. John

    John Guest

    I posted a similar message a few months ago for pretty much the same
    reason.

    A bunch of people told me it was illegal, but no one cited a specific code
    section.

    My belief is that the two cables must be run together, with the same
    staples, through the same holes, etc. As long as you do that I can't see
    why it would matter that the conductors are not all under the same jacket.
    The only code I could find was that all conductors must be together in the
    same raceway when metal is encountered, but that does not seem to be a
    problem.

    Now... an house inspector might take exception to it when you go to sell the
    house, but unless he can cite a specific code violation...
     
  5. Jimmie

    Jimmie Guest

    Checked with building inspector and he gave it his blessing. Wiring is done
    .. Now I have a switch at the new entrance to great room and switches at the
    bedroom doors off the great room. This was pretty much a PITA because the
    great room has a cathedral ceiling and you can run wiring over the top.
    Everything had to be run around the room.
     
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