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Old 04-30-2016, 11:20 AM   #21
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4 ways that go both ways......hmmmm....~CS~
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:37 AM   #22
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There's no standard. Some (like Levition, I think) go side-to-side. Others (P&S) are end-to-end.
And the 3rd format I've seen which was an X (criss cross) can't remember who made those though.

Just follow the power feed through the circuit. I.e. start at the 3 ways for problem solving the circuit.
Most common problem I see is that a 3 way has power or light fed from a traveler screw. Then if a 4 way is involved it was just wired up without following the connection instructions on the back of the switch or by ohming it out.
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Like was already said, tie the travelers straight through at the 4-way and see if the 3-ways are behaving properly.
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heres one way
but you could have just googled 4 way switch wiring and printed out the different jpg's and compared them to what you have.
print outs can be a help when you run into issues like that
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First -Disconnect the 3 ways and 4 ways. Test them with a meter.
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........print outs can be a help when you run into issues like that
Knowing how 3- and 4-ways actually work internally (mechanically and electrically) is an even bigger help.

Your diagram shows how to hook up a 4-way like a Levition. Hook up a P&S like that and it'll drive you nuts.
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The OP should go down to the Home Depot and ask the isle guy working there for assistance. He'll know how to fix it.
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Knowing how 3- and 4-ways actually work internally (mechanically and electrically) is an even bigger help.

Your diagram shows how to hook up a 4-way like a Levition. Hook up a P&S like that and it'll drive you nuts.
true but thats only one way, and there are many different configurations

believe me the first time i ran into a 4 way circuit i about went nuts trying to figure it out
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true but thats only one way, and there are many different configurations

believe me the first time i ran into a 4 way circuit i about went nuts trying to figure it out
I'm still nuts from it!
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I was having problems with 4 ways today that someone else had wired. It turns out the pressure plate connections were temperamental. I wrapped the wires around the screws and they worked fine (after fixing a bad splice). Like many troubleshooting jobs, you look for one issue and it turns out you have two.
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Hey OP, how's it going? What did you find?
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a fresh start always helps! trying to remove a backstabbed switch the light kept coming on. changed the switch and everythings fine!
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