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timcsi 08-08-2012 09:26 AM

Remove a switch
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How do I remove a switch that currently controls an outlet ? Please see photo.

The switch I want to remove is A. It controls power to an outlet. Switch B controls an exterior light. Both switches are on the same circuit. The objective is to remove switch A so power always goes to the outlet and leave switch B intact. Seems like there are 3 cables entering the box.


Jim Port 08-08-2012 09:34 AM

The electrical code requires a switch controlled receptacle or lighting outlet in many rooms. Removing the switch may create a code violation. What room is this in?

timcsi 08-08-2012 10:39 AM

it's actually in the living room

Jim Port 08-08-2012 11:10 AM

That would be one of the rooms that would require the switched receptacle or a switched lighting outlet.

MisterZ 08-08-2012 04:03 PM

is it a half-switched outlet?? these rooms only require half-switched oulets.
if the whole duplex is switched, you can remedy this by removing the break-off tabs betweent the terminals.
of course you'll need to supply power for the unswitched portion (which should be the top)

BTW, nice pics. all wires are clearly identifiable.
however, i will not comment on the wire job or switches;)

parman 08-08-2012 07:27 PM

Above answers are correct that code requires a switched lighting outlet and that is probably what that switch that you want to remove is for.

Code issues aside and you really want to do this, follow below.

Turn off power!

Instructions assume Power is coming in on wire 6. If not sure test.

Remove wire 3 from switch A.
Remove wire 1 and 2 from switch A
Remove wire 4 and 6 from switch B
Discard wire 4 and 1
Splice wire 2,3,6 together along with a tail piece of wire.
Terminate your new tail piece to the same location on switch B that wires 4 and 6 came from.

Put Switch B back in box where it came from.

You can put Switch A back in the box if you want even though it does not do anything anymore or you can go buy a switch plate that has a single switch opening on one side and a blank on the other.

Turn power back on and your done.

k_buz 08-08-2012 07:56 PM

Since an answer was given on how to do this (and I do agree that you shouldn't due to the code violation).....

Take the red wire off the switch and tie it into the black wirenut....done.

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