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Old 03-05-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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My question is what is the best way to get power to a new wall switch to controll a new set of can lights. There is no attic access. There curently is a switch at the disired location which controlls a receptical in this bedroom that doesn't have ceiling lights. Or is there a way to use the exsisting receptical switch?

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Fish tape usually does the job. Sometimes two fish tapes are needed.

What is the wall made of? Sheetrock?

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Get ready to cut! You need to drill through the top plate so you'll have to cut a decent sized hole in the top of the wall. Then you should be able to cut a rework box into the wall and fish between that hole, the hole at the top and the hole for the pot light.
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Depending on the wiring of the switch you may be able to use the existing switch and pull power from there. Then all you would need to do is drop a cable into the switch box and go to the first recessed.
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Metal coat hangers work too for grabbing the fish tape when you feed it from the hole for the light to the wall. Just get it close to the hole hook it and pull it down. Next time I have to do this I should make a how to with pictures or video.

Watch out for that blown in attic insulation that stuff is messy.
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Depending on the wiring of the switch you may be able to use the existing switch and pull power from there. Then all you would need to do is drop a cable into the switch box and go to the first recessed.

would that be if the existing switch is middle of run and if so will the switch still controll the receptical and the pots?
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if the power goes to the switch then recep you can drop the cans to the switch, and keep the receptacle switched or make it 100% hot.

if the power goes to the recep first,and loops to the switch, you can drop the cans to the switch and make the recep 100% hot
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this is kind of my question too. how do you know which way the power is going and coming?
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You just need to know what you are looking at.
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With the power off post pictures of inside the boxes so we can see try to help.
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if the power goes to the switch then recep you can drop the cans to the switch, and keep the receptacle switched or make it 100% hot.

if the power goes to the recep first,and loops to the switch, you can drop the cans to the switch and make the recep 100% hot
If line goes to receptacle first, there might not be a neutral at the switch and he wouldn't be able to feed the lights.
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If line goes to receptacle first, there might not be a neutral at the switch and he wouldn't be able to feed the lights.
But it is possible to re-configure a switch loop to provide a neutral to the switch.

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