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themow 11-13-2011 06:17 PM

Adding a receptacle from existing switch
Im putting a closet under my staircase and want to add a light with a switch in the closet and a receptacle on the wall. There is an existing switch that powers a light in the hallway near the stairs. It looks like the white is just part of the switch loop.

ben's plumbing 11-13-2011 06:27 PM

that would be my guess as well only 2-wires for switching.....nuetural in another box.

Jim Port 11-13-2011 07:38 PM

The white in the switch box should be the constant hot. There is no neutral in that box.

joed 11-13-2011 09:03 PM

You can't get you power from the switch for the reasons stated above. There is no neutral. It is a switch loop.

themow 11-13-2011 09:46 PM

This is the junction box that goes to the light and the switch (It intercepts them). BX cable? Tie the hot into the hot and the neutral into the neutral and the ground to the screw on the junction? I guess that white tied in with the hots was for that light switch loop? Am i good to go? forgetting anything? Thanks

Jim Port 11-13-2011 11:10 PM

The box is already overfilled. You need a larger box.

SD515 11-13-2011 11:34 PM


Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 770693)
The box is already overfilled. You need a larger box.

And secure it to the building, not just let it ‘float’ in the air. (Notice the sprinkler head in the first picture, Jim?)

SD515 11-13-2011 11:34 PM

Were you planning on using Romex (NM cable) with that plastic nail on box? Is that allowed in your area? You can’t use that plastic box if you were going to use MC cable (similar to the BX cable shown in the pictures).

themow 11-14-2011 09:16 AM

Id be using romex. I dont have any armored cable.

I will secure the box. That is the way they do things in this building. Quite frustrating to see.

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