3 way switch convert

Last Edited By Krjb Donovan
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014 05:19 PM GMT

Question

Ok, I have a porch light that is run from a 3 way switch set up.one switch is in the family room ( no power in or wires leading to the light just a black,white,and red ) and one is in the laundry room ( power in and wires to the kitchen lights also 3 wire ). the switch in the laundry room I would like to put a 3 prong receptacle and the family room switch would control the porch light.I have tried to wire it to work the light and everything I try ends up not working or popping the breakers. I have a basic knowledge of house electrical but this 3 wire stuff is very confusing. help me so I canget this porch light working again. thanks oh the house was built in 1963 if that helps

Answer

No problem. You will have to forget your dreams of an easy receptacle. [Nice idea, though] Just put everything back the way it was before you fiddled with it. [Like all professionals, you did create a diagram before you tore it apart, right?]

If not, you are truly screwed. Just write back and admit your lack of foresight and I will tell you exactly what I need to know to solve your problem. [also no problem]

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