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Old 04-26-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hi, thanks in advance for any help...I am remodeling my 1950s bathroom. I am replacing the old duplex receptacle (not grounded) with a new grounded one. In the same box is a single pole switch, also being replaced with a new one. I hook everything up (new) and the there is power, but when you turn on the switch the overhead light won't come on. If I hook up all the old, it works fine. There is power, but the light won't come on. I'm so frustrated. Please help! Thanks!

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One of 2 things:

You wired the new switch wrong

The new switch is defective.


BTW, I hope your new receptacle is GFCI

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Hi, thanks in advance for any help...I am remodeling my 1950s bathroom. I am replacing the old duplex receptacle (not grounded) with a new grounded one. In the same box is a single pole switch, also being replaced with a new one. I hook everything up (new) and the there is power, but when you turn on the switch the overhead light won't come on. If I hook up all the old, it works fine. There is power, but the light won't come on. I'm so frustrated. Please help! Thanks!
Is it a combination switch receptacle that fits into a single gang box or is a separate switch and receptacle that requires a 2 gang box?

And does the box(s) have a grounded cable feed?
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Yes the receptacle is GFCI.... the switch and receptacle are separate but in the same box.
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lets have pics
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Tell us how you connected the wires with the new and the old. We can't see what did from here.
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Some pics would most certainly help. If you have a ticker or volt meter, check the wiring at the light to make sure power is being sent to the fixture. If there is no power at the fixture when you flip the switch, then you may have mixed up your switch leg. Good luck.

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Here's how I would wire it, assuming that you have two Romex cables in the box. One would be the feed, the other one to the light.
I would twist the two whites together, along with a pigtail that connects to the silver line terminal of the GFCI.
Then I would twist the power black with a pigtail going to the copper GFCI terminal, then I would loop from this terminal over to a switch terminal.
Finally, I would connect the black to the light onto the other switch terminal.
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Here's how I would wire it, assuming that you have two Romex cables in the box. One would be the feed, the other one to the light.
I would twist the two whites together, along with a pigtail that connects to the silver line terminal of the GFCI.
Then I would twist the power black with a pigtail going to the copper GFCI line terminal, then I would loop from this terminal over to a switch terminal.
Finally, I would connect the black for the light onto the other switch terminal.

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