Convert a 3-way light switch to a single-pole switch?
May 15, 2011 2:14 PM Subscribe
How do I convert a 3-way light switch to a single-pole switch?
posted by DakotaPaul to home & garden (8 answers total)
Our hallway has a light at one end and a ceiling fan at the other. There are three switches in the hall that control both the light and the fan. Here's a quick-and-dirty diagram.
I want to use the light independently of the ceiling fan, and assume I need to remove the 3-way switch labeled A and replace it with a single-pole switch.
Here's a photo of the wiring to Switch A. (And a higher-res version.)
How do I connect the single-pole switch (which has two holes) with the three wires I have?
I'm new to DIY home electrical, but I've successfully replaced a dimmer switch and added a timer switch to the bathroom fan. Google searches for doing this conversion have left me confused, and I'm hoping the good folks of MeFi can explain it to me in a way that won't lead me to kill myself and/or burn the house down. Thank you!