Before I begin, please note that I’ve wired many of these throughout my home and even for others. While I’m not an electrician and I know a common answer will be “Call an electrician,” I’m well aware of the dangers but also am really perplexed since I’ve done so many of these and haven’t seen this issue in my house or others before.
With that said, here’s my dilemma. I went to wire up my hallway light using a GE Zwave and Add-on switch (again, I’ve done many before). Following their instruction and video, I find which switch is the ‘master’ by shutting off the power, removing the switches, turning the power back on and then touching the leads with a multimeter, looking for voltage.
Well, here are the two outlets. We will call the dual gang 'Switch A" and the single gang ‘Switch B’
(Note we are only looking at the wires. The other switch you see is for a different light)
So when I turn the power on and touch the leads looking for continuity and voltage…I get nothing. I then take my non-contact sensor and go to Switch A…nothing. I take it to switch B and the black wire shows voltage! So I was like cool! That’s the master…except there is no neutral.
Switch A has a bundle of neutrals in the box and oddly enough, the other switch in the same gang is also the add-on, not the master. Therefore, I am completely confused as to how to successfully connect these switches to this circuit…
I get no voltage from either Switch A or B when the power is turned on, with the switch disconnected using a multimeter.
Switch B, black wire is full-lights/beeps when I use my non contact sensor, but it doesn’t appear to havre a neutral.
No other outlet is wired like this at my house so I’m not sure how the dumb switches are working as a perfect 3 way yet I don’t seem to have power going to either switch??
Any guidance is appreciated. I’m really hoping I can solve this one because it’s one of the only lights I don’t have as controllable and is the one that always seems to be left on, lol!
Thanks in advance!