Can you eliminate a 3-way switch? Remove the Three-Way Switch From the Circuit
Start with the three-way switch that will be removed. Remove the switch cover plate screws with the slot screw driver, and then remove the two switch screws. Carefully pull out the switch, making sure not to touch or short any of the three wires.
How do I bypass a 3-way switch?
- replace that switch with a single-pole switch.
- connect either of the “traveler” wires to the load side.
- remove the other (unwanted) switch and connect the traveler wire used in step-2 to the “switched hot” wire that goes to the lights.
- the unused “traveler” wire is abandoned.
How do you change a 3-way switch to single? To convert a 3-way switch to single pole, one of the traveler wires is removed from the switch. In order for a 3-way switch to function as a single pole, the wires need to be connected to the common and one of the traveler terminals. It will not work if the wires are connected to the two traveler terminals.
How do you cap off a switch? Cap it off with a wire nut and tuck it out of the way. If you’re afraid it might short against something else, wrap some electrical tape around it, but that shouldn’t be necessary. Remove the switch. Replace the cover with a blank wall plate cover, or put a blank insert in the existing cover where the light switch was.