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I removed some old track lighting and want to replace it

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I removed some old track lighting and want to replace it with a remodeling can. The old travk lighting was connected to a three way switch.. 2 switched in different places control the light. However upon examining the wiring i find there are 2 sets of wiring... each in their own sleeve. Each set has 1 black, 1 white, 1 red and 1 copper. How do i wire it in. We tried white with white, black with black, ground with ground and red with red. Pops the circuit.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

wow, this is a messy one.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** id love to try to help.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

do you have a multi meter available?

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

and did you note what color wire the track was spliced to before you removed it?

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

im betting one of the neutrals was picked up as either a switch leg or a feeder. we need to test a few things, this will require a multimeter.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Unfortunately our painter took down the old lighting over a year ago so i did not make note of anything. I do have a multimeter.
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

awesome! First off, we are going to need to remove the face plates of both switches that control the fixture.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

Be careful, if you are not comfortable doing this "live", then please turn off the breaker to the circuit we are working with.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

after we examine both three way switches and verify where the feed, switch legs, and fixture feed are, we should have a good idea of what to do in the fixture box.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 3 months ago.

let me know when you are ready to start the tests. ;)