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#51547 - 05/01/05 06:18 PM 3-way
AdamsAtoms Offline

Registered: 03/31/05
Posts: 24
Loc: Kennedale,t.x.,76060
Why do we call a 3 way switch a 3 way and not a 2 way. I cant tell you how many times a customer has asked me this question and Im tired of not having an answer for them other than "thats just what they call em".

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#51548 - 05/01/05 06:34 PM Re: 3-way
JBD Offline

Registered: 07/12/01
Posts: 599
Loc: WI, USA
Way means wires. A three-way switch has three terminals, A four-way switch has four terminals.

I am not old enough to know why.

#51549 - 05/01/05 08:20 PM Re: 3-way
BigB Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 725
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
I always tell them "This switch has a mate" or "Can you control this light from more than one switch?" etc. I try not to use trade terminology it only confuses the customers. I call receps "plugs", everyone understands that.

#51550 - 05/02/05 03:30 AM Re: 3-way
Steve Miller Offline

Registered: 08/30/01
Posts: 322
Loc: Loudoun Cty, VA
I thought they did it just to confuse the homeowners and make electrical work more "mysterious". Therefore leading to more job security for us electricians

#51551 - 05/02/05 03:32 PM Re: 3-way
Sandro Offline

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
As soon as we straighten out the 3way terminology, somebody tell me :

Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

#51552 - 05/03/05 06:16 AM Re: 3-way
PEdoubleNIZZLE Offline

Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 176
Loc: McKeesport, PA, USA
I think a plumber came up with the name!
LOL j/k

#51553 - 05/03/05 10:46 AM Re: 3-way
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
As some of you already know, over here in England a 3-way switch is called a 2-way. A 4-way is known as an "intermediate" switch.

In general electronics work we always use ways to refer to the number of positions, i.e. a 4-way rotary switch is one which connects the common to any of four terminals.

#51554 - 05/08/05 05:53 PM Re: 3-way
gary long Offline

Registered: 02/20/01
Posts: 33
Loc: Greeley,Colorado,USA
Grape nuts..... you open up the box.... no grapes.... no nuts...... what is the deal ???

#51555 - 05/09/05 07:26 AM Re: 3-way
Larry Fine Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
Don't feel bad. The pineapple is neither a pine nor an apple; it's a berry. Also, the peanut is neither a pea nor a nut; it's a bean.
Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#51556 - 05/09/05 07:52 AM Re: 3-way
Ryan_J Offline

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
I thought a peanut was a legume.
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

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