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andog1117 09-10-2012 11:01 AM

Switch and Receptacle in same box
 
In my bathroom I have a box with a switch for a light and a receptacle side by side. I need to have constant power to the recepatcle and use the switch just to turn the light off and on. I have 2 sets of black and white wires coming in to the box and a black and white for the light fixture plus the ground wire for all. Is it possible to do?

DannyT 09-10-2012 11:56 AM

how is it wired now?
how did it work before?

hammerlane 09-10-2012 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by andog1117 (Post 1006900)
I have 2 sets of black and white wires coming in to the box and a black and white for the light fixture plus the ground wire for all.

So you have 3 cables coming into the box, each cable with a black, white and ground?

hammerlane 09-10-2012 01:14 PM

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you provided minimal info so see if this fits:

Note: grounds not shown for ease of drawing

andog1117 09-11-2012 12:38 PM

Yes there are 3 cables coming into the box all with black,white and ground. The diagram you have is missing 1 set of wires

NHtransplant 09-11-2012 02:14 PM

Is anything connected now? If so a picture or a drawing would help us sort it out.

andog1117 09-11-2012 04:41 PM

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This diagram shows how I did it but I took everything apart.

jrclen 09-11-2012 04:46 PM

Andog, your diagram looks correct.

andog1117 09-12-2012 12:18 PM

So if it is wired the way the diagram says then there should be constant power to the receptacle when the light switch is switched off?

Jim Port 09-12-2012 12:26 PM

There should be power to the receptacle with the switch oof if wired as shown.

Did you install GFI protection for the receptacles?

andog1117 09-12-2012 12:29 PM

There was not one there before but I had to purchase one because it is the bathroom. It is a an old place and there are no GFIs in the kitchen or bathroom. Are they wired the same way?

jbfan 09-12-2012 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by andog1117 (Post 1008408)
So if it is wired the way the diagram says then there should be constant power to the receptacle when the light switch is switched off?

That is correct.

andog1117 09-12-2012 12:42 PM

Thank you very much

Jim Port 09-12-2012 01:52 PM

You will use the LINE side terminals on the GFI for the power in. Any downstream receptacles would be off the LOAD side.

andog1117 09-12-2012 05:56 PM

Got it. thank you all


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