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Re: lit'l help #30455 11/03/03 09:04 PM
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Cindy Offline OP
owner wants to fix it himself so won't see it, but he says it only has two 14/2 nm cables at each light... a 14/3 at the upper switch, and a 14/2 and a 14/3 nm cable at the lower box, one of them is the line in... we assume that the two 14/2's are going between the lights

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Re: lit'l help #30456 11/04/03 08:13 AM
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It sounds as though this might remain an unsolved mystery then, but we can still conjecture.

If the 14/2 at the lower switch box is hot and neutral in, then the 14/3 going out must carry the neutral and two travelers. There would have to be another junction box somewhere if this is the case.

Could it be that the 14/2 at the lower switch is not actually hot and neutral but a
switch loop? (I don't suppose you can remember the connections, can you?)

I can see a scenario where power enters one light fixture box on a 14/2, there is a 14/2 run between the lights, and the other 14/2 at the second light is the switch loop down to the lower switch. The 14/3 then runs directrly between the two switches.

With this physical arrangement of cables the lights could only end up being in series. Replacing the 14/2 between the lights with a 14/3 would allow proper operation.

But as you said, you'll probably never know.

Re: lit'l help #30457 11/04/03 12:31 PM
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Cindy Offline OP
it would be fun to figure this out, so i may volunteer some time on this one just for fun

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