Wiring 3 way switch

I want to rewire the overhead light in my living room for 3 way / maybe 4 way operation. First of all I know how to do it. What I want to do is use 2 pieces of 14-2 instead of 1 piece 14-3. I have a lot of 14 2. Is this OK.

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Spend the lousy five bucks and do it right.

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040916 1404 - Jimmie posted:


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A cable must be electrically balanced. In other words, if you put an ammeter around any cable, it should read zero.


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Ryan Evans

research magnetic heating or loss

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I posted a similar message a few months ago for pretty much the same reason.

A bunch of people told me it was illegal, but no one cited a specific code section.

My belief is that the two cables must be run together, with the same staples, through the same holes, etc. As long as you do that I can't see why it would matter that the conductors are not all under the same jacket. The only code I could find was that all conductors must be together in the same raceway when metal is encountered, but that does not seem to be a problem.

Now... an house inspector might take exception to it when you go to sell the house, but unless he can cite a specific code violation...

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On Sat, 18 Sep 2004 14:10:50 GMT, John put forth the notion that...

I've never heard of it being illegal. Way back when I used to wire houses, I'd often run my travelers with 12-2 Romex, then run my neutral, hot and/or switch leg in a separate cable, and never had an inspector bitch about it.

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Checked with building inspector and he gave it his blessing. Wiring is done . Now I have a switch at the new entrance to great room and switches at the bedroom doors off the great room. This was pretty much a PITA because the great room has a cathedral ceiling and you can run wiring over the top. Everything had to be run around the room.

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