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Old 08-27-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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I have disconnected a light switch in renos and decided I was gonna use the connection to power a outlet.. Except now I can't get full power out of the outlet.. There is only one blk and one white wire. It's an old home but my thinking is maybe they're both hot and I req neutral now?
I have a switch now above it so if I need to run something else please help? Thank you

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With only a black and a white at a switch location you had a switch loop.Two wire switch loops do not have a neutral.

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With only a black and a white at a switch location you had a switch loop.Two wire switch loops do not have a neutral.
When I read this reply all I can think is that the OP is not going to have ANY idea what you are saying.
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Not gunna work....
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I have disconnected a light switch in renos and decided I was gonna use the connection to power a outlet.. Except now I can't get full power out of the outlet.. There is only one blk and one white wire. It's an old home but my thinking is maybe they're both hot and I req neutral now?
I have a switch now above it so if I need to run something else please help? Thank you
You are correct Leveille !
You have two hots !
Known as a switch loop !
You have no neutral .

No go for recepticule .
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If you are eliminating the switch then you also need to rewire the cable at the light fixture. As a switch loop there is no neutral connection and you have wired the receptacle in series with the old light fixture. You should find a black and white connected together at the old fixture and a black connected to the fixture. The old fixture will need to be removed and the black connected to the other blacks and the white connected to the other whites.

How are you going to control the fixture if you remove the switch?

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