I have a three way switch I can't figure out why or how it works. I want to disconnect one of the three way switches and relocate it. I disconnected the switch (within three feet of the panel) that appears to be the wire providing power from the panel. When I connected the black power to the black wire of the 14/3 cable and disconnected both switches and capped the reds, both the black and red wires became hot at the other switch box. It is a long run (30 ft) from switch to switch and it powers a run of 8 lights and none of the lights appear to have been used as a junction box for the traveler. I hooked the switches up again and the switches work as intended. I just wanted to get power from the first box (closest to the panel) to the other switch, disconnect the traveler, and run another 14/3 line to a three way switch in a different room. Any ideas why both red and black remain hot when only blacks are connected?
To be honest, I read your question a few times and I'm still a bit confused. I know it is hard to describe a complicated situation like you have. With that said. Any time you are going to work on a 3-way switch, it is important to know which switch you are dealing with, the source switch or the load switch. To do this, you need to know if the primary power feed is attached to that switch or if the load hot feed is attached to the power screw of the switch. There will be two cables entering the box, primary power and traveler. identify them, mark them with a tag or tape etc. Now you will be able to extend the conductors to another location. Remember, you will need to extend all 5 conductors plus the ground. I'd highly recommend that you put it back together as it was, so it is working properly, ID the conductors, draw it out, and proceed from there. Good Luck.
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