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Old 03-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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I need to move a light switch a couple of feet. The ideal solution is to run a single 14/2 to the new switch location, running both wires as hot. (see solution 1 attached) However, a nagging feeling is telling me that the Ontario (my location) code doesn’t allow it because I would have current running in both directions in the same cable. CEC ref. anyone?

The alternate (solution 2 attached), unless someone has a better idea, is to upgrade the switch for a 4x4 (due to the number of wires) and then feed two 14/2s to the new light switch.

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I need to move a light switch a couple of feet.
The ideal solution is to run a single 14/2 to the new switch location
And put a blank plate where the old switch was? No problem.
All you have to do now is figure the best way to drill through the stud in the way.

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blank plate for the the old switch was the plan. Holes are already drilled, I'm simply concerned that running one wire with two hots is not code complaint. Any idea if NEC makes reference to this issue anywhere?
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I'm simply concerned that running one CABLE with two hot WIRES...
Done every day. It's called a "switch leg"
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I'm not sure if it is required in Ontario, but consider using 14/3 to give you a neutral at the switch location for future use.
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Done every day. It's called a "switch leg"
Its actually called a switch loop...and it is not as common as it used to be in the US due to new (2011) codes.
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how many wires do you have in the box. pull the switch leg back to the attic. remove wire, drill down where you want it to go, fish new wire down to new switch box make new joints in attic. if no access to ceiling go down through basement. you must leave box in wall and make joints than cover with blank plate
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