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3-way #51547 05/01/05 09:18 PM
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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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Re: 3-way #51548 05/01/05 09:34 PM
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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.

Re: 3-way #51549 05/01/05 11:20 PM
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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.

Re: 3-way #51550 05/02/05 06:30 AM
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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 [Linked Image]

Re: 3-way #51551 05/02/05 06:32 PM
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As soon as we straighten out the 3way terminology, somebody tell me :

Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

Re: 3-way #51552 05/03/05 09:16 AM
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I think a plumber came up with the name!
LOL j/k

Re: 3-way #51553 05/03/05 01:46 PM
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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.

Re: 3-way #51554 05/08/05 08:53 PM
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Grape nuts..... you open up the box.... no grapes.... no nuts...... what is the deal ???

Re: 3-way #51555 05/09/05 10:26 AM
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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.


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Re: 3-way #51556 05/09/05 10:52 AM
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I thought a peanut was a legume.


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