I have two 3-way switches and one 4-way switch. I eliminate the 4 way and want the two 3-way switches to still turn on and off the lights. So I went up in the ceiling and connected the one switch to the other color to color and I have constant power. The lights will not turn off from the switches. What do I do? The one switch has a feed from power and a switch leg going to the light. The other switch that was going to the 4-way I'm using that 3 wire to connect straight to the other switch where the feed comes in. Both 3 way wires red white black ground. So how can I hook them up so both switches operate the lights?

  • Sounds like maybe you removed a 3-way, not a 4-way. Can you upload pictures of each of the switches showing all currently connected wires, plus the original (removed) switch and the wires that are currently in that box (however they are currently connected). Feb 9, 2021 at 18:09
  • You had 4 wires to the 4 pole switch, how were they connected and how did you connect them without the switch? The other 2 switches were working correctly with the 4 way in both conditions.
    – Ed Beal
    Feb 9, 2021 at 23:35
  • 1
    Since 3-pole switches are used for industrial 3-phase power, and 4-pole switches are used for generator interlocks for same power, I rather strongly suggest you said "pole" when you meant "way". I have edited accordingly; if I'm wrong feel free to rollback my edit. Feb 10, 2021 at 1:18

1 Answer 1


Nothing easier.

enter image description here

You have 2 travelers. The 4-way either sends them through straight, or exchanges them.

So take 1 traveler off a brass screw, 1 traveler off a black screw, then splice them together to each other.

Repeat with the other traveler. And done.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.