Three-way-switch. If The lights are off and both light switches are down, I cannot turn the lights on by flipping a switch up

by Kraig   Last Updated December 29, 2017 01:21 AM

I updated some wiring in my garage. I added two 3 way switches. If there is a switch in the down position when the lights are off, I cannot flip my other switch to turn the lights on and vice versa. But, if the switches are up, the lights are on, then I can use a switch to continue to turn them off and on.I don’t know what the problem is, I believe I hooked all of the wires up correctly. Here is an explanation of my wiring.

Please note I am hooking up two 14–2 wires and two 14–3 wires. From the power source, I hooked the common black wire to the common black wire that connects to my black screw on my light switch. From that light switch both my red and white wires are connected to the white and red wires that run to my other light switch. My black wire from that switch runs to the black hot wire that connects to my light fixture. From the light fixture, my white wire runs back to the white wire that comes from the power source. And then I have all my ground wires Pigtailed together.

I believe that is the correct way of wiring this set of wires according to what I have read and seen pictures of. I even swapped out the three-way switch That was not connected to the main power source. Does anybody have any ideas? Thank you for your time.



Answers 1


You may want to check out [this web page, which I have referred to for my 3-way wiring several times]. I am a "visual learner' so I need pictures of such things (and have a hard time time following your description, which is not your fault at all).1

Gary G
Gary G
December 29, 2017 01:19 AM

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