who DARES think they can solve my wiring problem?

JacobCoganJune 7, 2013

Ok so here's the situation.

Started with two light sockets in my garage ceiling, wanted to replace them with outlets so that I could hang four flourescents. Didn't note the original wiring, now im tearing my hair out.

Garage has two boxes in the ceiling, and two 3-way switches

Switch A has two bundles of wires (Untouched and presumably still wired properly)
Bundle 1: White + Black
Bundle 2: White + Black + Red

Box A has three bundles of wires
Bundle 1: White + Black (this black is always hot I has discovered)
Bundle 2: White + Black + Red
Bundle 3: White+ Black

Box B has two bundles
Bundle 1: White + Black + Red
Bundle 2: White + Black

Switch B has one bundle (untouched and wired properly)
Bundle 1: White Black Red

All of this is somehow connected to my front hall, the front hall has 3 three way switches, a light, and an outlet.

An Ideas?

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First question is WHY would you take apart ALL the splices???

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 7:18PM
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Very interesting.

Switch B receives the power from A on the travelers and returns it on the common.

Switch A receives power from Box A (switch loop) on the common and sends it to switch B on the travelers which sends it back to to switch A but is not connected to said switch, it gets connected to the other wire in the 2 wire cable which sends it back to Box A

The white black and red in Boxes A and B could be feed through to the switches.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 9:03PM
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With a question put like that, I wouldn't even think of trying.
With a bit of logic and a understanding of basic wiring practices, and maybe a continuity tester, you can probably figure it out yourself.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 10:47PM
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I agree Randy. Only I say just call an electrician. It's worth the service call fee for the peace of mind that it is put back together correctly and safely.
Sometimes we have to pay for and learn from our mistakes.

The logic behind ripping something apart and not paying attention to what's what eludes me.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 7:39AM
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Just be aware, when you hire a professional electrician, you are paying him for his knowledge, truck full of tools and testing equipment, insurance, license, years of education and field experience. Please don't pull the "Why did you charge me so much to fix something that is so easy" when he is finished. What may take a homeowner countless hours or even days can take a qualified electrician mere minutes or just a couple hours to diagnose and repair. That is what you are paying for.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 12:17PM
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