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Client called a Handyman just to change old 3way switches to Decora Type switches

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:blink::eek::laughing: thanks for the days pay Bro:thumbsup::thumbsup:



The green screw was used for one of the travelers:laughing:



Thats 1915 BX , THE travelers are 2 wire BX With a feed in each box and a lighting load in each box...LOL
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95% of the calls I get from friends are that they changed their 3ways out at their house and now the lights don't work right.
 

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95% of the calls I get from friends are that they changed their 3ways out at their house and now the lights don't work right.
This guy blew the 100 amp main because of all the short circuits he created , and the main breaker would not reset because the switch mechanism broke when he tried to reset it..:laughing:

Thankfully it was a Murray panel from 1987 So those breakers are easy to find.
 

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Looks like the handy-hack didn't know those were backwired switches either.
He met his match on this one thanks to an oldtimer who wired the place..:laughing:

He set up the travelers so reds was one of the BX cables and blacks was the other I was stumped for a wile..:eek::laughing:
 

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He met his match on this one thanks to an oldtimer who wired the place..:laughing:

He set up the travelers so reds was one of the BX cables and blacks was the other I was stumped for a wile..:eek::laughing:
nice....see that once in a bluemoon...hate when they have done it and a HO pulls it all apart ........extensioncord and multi meter:thumbup:
 

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Good thing he didn't try to "jam" a dimmer switch in the box and knock off all the old wire insulation....

I hope you stock shrink tubing in your truck.. :thumbsup:
He tried to stuff a timer switch in there ,for the front light,he hooked up the black and red and left the white and green just stuffed in the box with the ends stripped..:blink:

He needs to get belted good one of these days:laughing:
 

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about 3,..4 years ago thanksgiving eve got a call HO was changing out 2 light fixtures before his company arrived needless to say he f'd it all up...got there at 7pm house full of drunks some snobby drunk lady telling ..me how to t-shoot it:blink:...3 way switch tap @ light #2 with dead ended return from down stairs....all in 14/2:mad: those are are hard as Chinese arithmetic...but got it..zoom...bang check please...label numbers/pad/extension cord/fluke.....yeah resi is all ham and eggs....:whistling2:
 

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I've run into the "using the ground screw as a traveler" but at least your guy used insulated wire: I recently came across the bare egc used in romex as a taveller. F'd in the head man.
 
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