Here's the problem. I have 2 3-way switches controlling a light. House is 3 yrs old,everything was fine until about a month ago. Customer complained that light would not turn off.
Went to check it and found the wiring arrangement to be correct,but upon taking the dead end 3 way out,I discovered that there was 120v between all three wires and ground.
Took both 3 ways out and also took the 3 wire out of the ckt.Ohmmeter says they're all in contact with each other somewhere.
My question is this,What could have happened to the cable to cause this? I did the work and remember running the cable myself. I'm always careful about stapleing,sharp edges,nail guarding etc. No work has been done in the house,or anything else done that would have come anywherenear the cable.
It worked for nearly 3 years. It's got me puzzled as to what happened.
[This message has been edited by ga.sparky56 (edited 06-03-2004).]
I had this same problem once. After questioning the Customer when the light started staying on I found out that it happened the day someone put in an AC unit through the wall. One of the screws they put in went through the cable between the Live and 2 travellers and was not touching the bare ground.
I had a similiar senario: Homeowner decided to panel his den using 4-inch tongue and groove strips. He ran out of nails. He used what he had in the garage, 4-inchers. Of course he ran one through the NM. I found it by checking every nail with my volt meter till I hit a hot one. They never tell you what they did, though. It is assumed to be your fault because you wired the sucker.