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#51547 - 05/01/05 09:18 PM
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".
#51548 - 05/01/05 09:34 PM
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 11:20 PM
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 06:30 AM
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 06:32 PM
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 09:16 AM
I think a plumber came up with the name!
#51553 - 05/03/05 01:46 PM
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.
#51555 - 05/09/05 10:26 AM
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. fineelectricco.com
#51556 - 05/09/05 10:52 AM
I thought a peanut was a legume.
Ryan Jackson, Salt Lake City
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