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ksullan 02-06-2013 05:31 PM

Putting an outlet in the attic
 
So I thought I would attempt a simple task of putting a duplex in my attic. There was already a switch and a light up there, so I cut the 14-2 off before it got to the switch and wired up a duplex, and then connected the other side of the 14-2 to the other terminals on the duplex. I tried using it and nothing worked. The ground in the switch junction box isn't attached so do i need to pigtail it? Also the terminal with the x next to it is just stuck in the back, ive never seen that before is it anything to worry about? I'm thinking maybe I need a 14-3 or something? I'm obviously very new to this so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Heres a diagram of what im working with. http://imgur.com/PSQ1CcX

TarheelTerp 02-06-2013 05:54 PM

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Originally Posted by ksullan (Post 1111169)
So I thought I would attempt a simple task of putting a duplex in my attic.
There was already a switch and a light up there, so...

I cut the 14-2 off before it got to the switch...

Did you verify that the 14/2 at the switch was "always hot" (the feed)
and not just a switch leg which is far (far!) more common in older homes?

Take another look to see if any other wires are at the light fixture.

ksullan 02-06-2013 06:01 PM

I checked the light fixture; there is one 14-2 going into it from the switch. How do i tell if its a switch leg?

TarheelTerp 02-06-2013 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by ksullan (Post 1111187)
I checked the light fixture; there is one 14-2 going into it from the switch. How do i tell if its a switch leg?

I asked because if all is as you show in that drawing...
it will (should) work. Check it again.

One point: is the receptacle brand new?
If not... look on the side to be sure the tabs are there.

ksullan 02-06-2013 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by TarheelTerp (Post 1111198)
I asked because if all is as you show in that drawing...
it will (should) work. Check it again.

One point: is the receptacle brand new?
If not... look on the side to be sure the tabs are there.

So does this mean it's not a switch leg? And the receptacle was bought today. The only errors I noticed in my diagram were the black and white wires are actually spliced between the duplex and the switch, although that doesn't exactly change things up too much.

ksullan 02-06-2013 06:35 PM

Aren't* (sorry not sure how to edit my post)

TarheelTerp 02-06-2013 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by ksullan (Post 1111212)
The only errors I noticed in my diagram were the black and white wires are actually spliced between the duplex and the switch...

The layout as shown is fine.
A new receptacle should be fine.
All that's left is the integrity of the several connections.

black ----> Recept ----> Switch __. /.__ ----> Light
white ----> Recept ----> Light

ksullan 02-06-2013 07:42 PM

Maybe I just need to re-re-recheck my splices.

ksullan 02-06-2013 07:56 PM

Oh I may have left out a detail that I didn't realize could have effected it until now. When Initially cutting into the wire it caused a spark because I turned off each individual fuse on the fusebox instead of just turning off the main. (pretty dumb right? did I say this was my first electrical excursion?) Could this possibly have shorted something out?

Canarywood1 02-06-2013 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by ksullan (Post 1111296)
Oh I may have left out a detail that I didn't realize could have effected it until now. When Initially cutting into the wire it caused a spark because I turned off each individual fuse on the fusebox instead of just turning off the main. (pretty dumb right? did I say this was my first electrical excursion?) Could this possibly have shorted something out?



Then you probably blew a fuse and that's why you don't have any power,check your fuse's.

ksullan 02-06-2013 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Canarywood1 (Post 1111312)
Then you probably blew a fuse and that's why you don't have any power,check your fuse's.

Oh man that seems too obvious now. Sorry for wasting everyone's time. So I just flip all the fuses back and forth?

Msradell 02-06-2013 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by ksullan (Post 1111318)
Oh man that seems too obvious now. Sorry for wasting everyone's time. So I just flip all the fuses back and forth?

If you are flipping fuses, you have another whole set of problems! If you don't know the difference between fuses and circuit breakers (which you obviously have if you are flipping them), you would probably be much safer calling for a professional electrician.

ksullan 02-06-2013 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Msradell (Post 1111357)
If you are flipping fuses, you have another whole set of problems! If you don't know the difference between fuses and circuit breakers (which you obviously have if you are flipping them), you would probably be much safer calling for a professional electrician.

Oh right fuses are the glass pieces.. I know I don't have those, I just get my terminology confused. Do you really think a professional is necessary if all I have to do is flip my circuit breakers?

Gac66610 02-07-2013 06:43 AM

Don't worry too much about the terms used, not everyone knows the difference between lighting outlets and receptacle outlets either.
What one area calls something isn't always the same somewhere else.

When I tell my guys to "go pull the main" they know I just want the main breaker turned off.
Yes check your breakers, sounds like you may have tripped one. :)

Just two quick questions, did you install the duplex receptacle in a box? and is it a GFCI receptacle?
Most of the time when a wire is cut in the middle, there is not enough wire to bring into a box and make connections, I obviously do not know your setup and there may have been plenty to use.

rosem637 02-07-2013 06:47 AM

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I added an outlet in my attic. I had power at the current light in the attic. The switch for the light is not in the attic but was down below so a switch loop is run. The black line in the photos below is the switch loop.


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