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    Unhappy Replace 3 Adjacent Switches

    I have a long six switch gang plate that's giving me a fair amount of trouble in a house I recently moved in to.

    Switch 1 - Single pole (no idea what it controls)
    Switch 2 - Single pole (no idea what it controls)
    Switch 3 - Single poleS
    witch 4 - Three way
    Switch 5 - Three way
    Switch 6 - Three way
    As the box is a bit tight, I plan to use the pico remotes for switches 4, 5, and 6 and install the Caseta Dimmer switch on the other location.

    The problem I can't figure out is that switch 3, 4, and 5 are all powered in succession, with 3 connected to 4 and 4 connected to 5. (Here's a photo: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4DYoE3ij716JL9aLA

    I can't figure out how to terminate the wires properly for 3, 4, and 5 so that the switch order becomes:

    Switch 1 - TBD
    Switch 2 - TBD
    Switch 3 - Caseta Dimmer
    Switch 4 - Pico Remote
    Switch 5 - Pico Remote
    Switch 6 - Pico Remote (installed)

    Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

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    Looping the hot wire between multiple devices in the same box is a common practice. It's particularly useful where space is a premium.

    Treat it the same way you would if there were 3 wires pig-tailed off the hot going to the individual switches. You could make up the pig-tail yourself.

    Keep in mind, the white wires attached to the mechanical switches are not NEUTRALs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyc View Post
    Looping the hot wire between multiple devices in the same box is a common practice. It's particularly useful where space is a premium. Treat it the same way you would if there were 3 wires pig-tailed off the hot going to the individual switches. You could make up the pig-tail yourself.Keep in mind, the white wires attached to the mechanical switches are not NEUTRALs.
    Makes sense. I worked backwards and was able to get everything working... now to figure out what the heck the first two switches control. (Old houses are... fun?)

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