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Old 05-27-2013, 09:21 PM   #16
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I don't get why a switch controling a closet light would also control a bedroom receptacle.
Maybe someone added the closet light and just came off the closest switch
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:58 PM   #17
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I will be working on it tomorrow, I will take and post pictures then. Should the outlet in the room be a standard 15-amp outlet rather than a GFCI? I have a feeling the previous owner did not know what he was doing, and could have put that in by mistake.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:53 PM   #18
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Step #1 disconnect all wires at GFCI

Step#2 disconnect all wires at light switch

Step#3 disconnect all wires at switched receptacle

Step#4 separate all wires (so not touching) turn power on test wires (black to white)to find "hot" tag both hot and neutral wire feed then turn power off. If feed wire is at your GFCI then hook up both black wires under line hot screw and both white wires under line neutral screw if you don't want your light and plug GFCI protected.

Step#5 repeat step 4 at switch box if power went to GFCI first, if you want your switched receptacle to be hot perminantly hot then tie your black wire with the hot/ feed black wire not the switch leg!
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:31 PM   #19
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IMHO. They added the gfi so they would have 3 prong...
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #20
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Here are pictures of the switch and outlet.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #21
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I opened up a switch and outlet in another room to compare, wired everything identically, and the switch, the closet light, the outlet, and the outdoor outlet work perfectly. Thank you everyone for your help!
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