3-way switch wiring help

I recently moved into a new house and found a pair of 3-way switches controlling a hallway light from 2 locations that when one switch is off the other switch doesn't work and vice versa. The wiring doesn't resemble anything I've seen before for wiring these types of switches. Can someone help me straighten this out?
Thank you!
Wires from the Circuit Breaker to First Switch White --> Spliced to Red on the set of wires going to the second switch Black -- > Double Screw Side (brass)
Wires from First Switch to Second Switch: Double Screw Side (black screw) via white wire to Single Screw side brass screw Single Screw Side (brass screw) via black wire to Double Screw side brass screw Circuit Breaker White spliced to red wire and attached to Double Screw side black screw
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Can't help you from what info is provided. Bottom line is that for it to work, there must be 1 wire going from each switches' brass screw, to the brass screw on the other switch; so that you have 2 wires running between the switches.
These are called 'travellers', and it doesn't matter which brass screw on one switch is hooked to which brass screw on the other switch.
Now you are left with 2 black screws, 1 on each switch. One black screw gets hooked to hot, and the other black screw gets hooked to the light.
Finally, somewhere in either of the 2 switch boxes, or the ceiling box, the light will get fed it's neutral. It all depends on how the wiring is pulled.
Your best bet is to first identify your incoming hot/neutral, and work from there.
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Matt,
My mother-in-law has this same problem and after reading your reply, I think you may have the answer I need. I would like to verify with you how to ID the wires asuming the switches were wired wrong originally and the previous owner didn't use standard color codes. I assume I can ID the wires using a simple 2 probe tester with LED. The hot wire should be the only wire to light the tester with one probe on hot and one probe on ground. One probe on hot and one probe on neutral should also light the tester. So here is my idea . . . 1) Turn off circuit breaker. Disconnect both switches and spread the wires. 2) Turn on CBreaker. Without touching a wire with a bare hand, ID hot wire using method above. 3) ID the neutral wire. Since the traveler wires do not complete a circuit with the switches removed, the neutral is the only wire besides ground that should light the tester when the other probe is on the hot wire. 4) The remaining 2 wires should be the travelers.
Did I mess anything up or forget anything? Any help on this is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance, Andy

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Your procedure should work. Just print out and follow the diagram from the site I posted earlier.
http://www.handymanwire.com/articles/3wayswitch.html
Note that the switching is done on the hot line. If properly wired there is no neutral in the switch box. The white (neutral) is attached only to the lamp. I expect you will have to use ground for making your measurements. In the diagram the white in the first switch is hot, as it is junctioned to the black hot line at the lamp.

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http://www.handymanwire.com/articles/3wayswitch.html
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imho:
Just a warning, not all 3ways have different collored screws. So look for the word "common" imprinted on the body by the terminal. Infact, reguardless of whether colored screws or not, do this. Don't want to be messed up by someone 'screwing' around. :-P
hth,
tom
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Thanks to all who have sent in their advice and suggestions!
Stuart Benoff wrote:

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I have had this happen before. If it was wired correctly originally, then one of the swiches has become defective (perhaps a low amp rating or an overseas brand). Given the low cost of switches, the easy solution is to turn off the breaker and replace both switches. When you go to the store make sure you tell them you need to control one light from two switches. If this doesn't work, write back and I will attempt to help you with what then would be a more complicated problem.

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