I have a 3-way running a yard light on a shed. From past experience I
know that this is a bad wiring job as the 3-way uses the white from
the power to the shed circuit for the return (both circuits were wired
with 12/2). The two circuits are well separated in the main panel. I
discovered this years ago by getting shocked from one of the circuits
where I had pulled the breaker.
Question: Can I remove the switch at the shed by:
a. Disonnecting the white jumper from the light to the shed power
b. Removing one of the black/red wires from the switch and turning it
into a white (properly marked) connecting it to the white from the
c. At the house end, remove the same wire from the switch and connect
it to the white in the box?
Am I missing something?
No: Circuit one: (breaker 1) panel to shed providing shed power to
Circuit two: (breaker 17) Panel to 3 way switch in house - 12/2
to 3 way on shed - black to yard light - white from light to white in
Whoever did this used the black and white from the 12/2 as the
travelers in the 3-way circuit.
This AFAIK is not code for shared neutral plus you can get a shock
from the white if working on circuit 1 with breaker pulled but light
is on in circuit 2. That is how I discovered the problem.
Basically I want to remove the 3 way on the shed and convert the 3 way
in the house to a 1 one way doing away with the shared neutral
email@example.com (Harry K) wrote in message
I love it when a good plan goes bad. Pulled the cover on the switch
box to re-wire. It has 2 switches, one 3-way running the yard light
and one to a porch light. I was counting on the power coming into the
box then out to the lights...nope, it is on the end of the porch light
run so there is no neutral available. I guess I just live with a bad
wiring job or run new wire to the shed.
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