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    Default how to feed another switch from a switch question

    I have 3 switch box. 1 switch is a 3way, 1 switch is a 4way, 1 switch is a single pole. I need to take a feed from either the 4 way or 3 way to feed the single pole and another single pole in the box next to it. what wire and from wich switch to use for the feed?

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    Default Re: how to feed another switch from a switch question

    Not knowing what wires you have it is impossible to answer your question other than to say none of the wires on a 4-way are a constant hot.

    Jack
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    Default Re: how to feed another switch from a switch question

    gotcha- are any wires on the 3 way constant hot?
    this is a middle run box...
    feed comes into first box has this 3 way and a 4 way, then this box has the 3way a 4 way and a single then this 3way goes to the light......

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    Default Re: how to feed another switch from a switch question

    Quote Originally Posted by gwilkrrs View Post
    gotcha- are any wires on the 3 way constant hot?
    this is a middle run box...
    feed comes into first box has this 3 way and a 4 way, then this box has the 3way a 4 way and a single then this 3way goes to the light......
    The only place you can obtain power for another circuit is from the common (sometimes a black screw) on the 3 way in the first box. And, the neutral from the same cable as the hot.
    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
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    Default Re: how to feed another switch from a switch question

    You will need to test the common screw on the 3-ways with a meter or test light. One will have a constant regardless of the switch position, the other will be hot only when the light is turned on. You will still need a neutral to what ever the new switch is feeding.

    Jack
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    Default Re: how to feed another switch from a switch question

    THANKS! I will try this

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