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comment How do I wire these dimmer switches? The current wiring is crazy
Yes there was a lightbulb. If there's a short somewhere I think I will have to just call an electrician to straighten this out. Thanks for your help! I'll print out this page and give it to the electrician so he doesn't need to start from scratch.
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comment How do I wire these dimmer switches? The current wiring is crazy
Ok, it's Saturday again, so I started working on this again. Hopefully you're still paying attention to this question. :) I just checked the voltage between each of the grounds and each of the other wires and am not sure what to do with the information. The only live wire seems to be bundle 2's white. There's also a 17 volt difference between the two grounds. I'll put a table of the voltages in my original question.
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comment How do I wire these dimmer switches? The current wiring is crazy
That diagram shows what's happening in just one juction box. There are 3 bundles coming in the top and two dimmers wired to those wires. I'll try adding a picture of it.
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comment How do I wire these dimmer switches? The current wiring is crazy
I already replaced the switch on the other side. The other side is wired normally with 4 wires (a red, a black, a white, and a copper ground).
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comment How do I wire these dimmer switches? The current wiring is crazy
Only two wires are connected to each of the dimmers. Presumably that's why the 3-way doesn't work as a 3-way. Neither is grounded. Right now the lights don't turn on unless I slide the dimmer to the top and also turn on the switch in the other room. The R in the 3rd bundle is not connected to anything. If I didn't draw a wire connecting to it then there's nothing connected to it. The white and green from bundle 1 and the red and green from bundle 3 are unconnected.
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comment How do I wire these dimmer switches? The current wiring is crazy
You mention that white wires are neutral, but the right dimmer isn't wired to any white wires. Any idea why bundle 2 even exists? It would seem that black, white, and green/ground from bundle 1 would be enough to wire the left dimmer. The black, white, red, and green/ground would be enough to wire the right dimmer as a 3-way. Why would the left dimmer use black and white while the right dimmer used black and black? Could I use a multimeter to figure out if I can just ignore bundle 2 and wire it like I'd normally expect it to be wired?
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