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Old 10-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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Trying to wire an outlet on a switch but only one wire in and one wire out of box


I have read and read and read and hopefully this isn't something that has been discussed 303449 times...

I installed a double wide box, one for a lightswitch and and outlet... I went to hook up the outlet off of the light switch and there is only 2 wires... One connected to the bottom of the switch and one connected at the top and well I lied there is the ground(bare copper wire)

From doing research I am in belief that this is "switch leg" wiring because I took the light fixture off the wall and there is one wire nut with 3 wires in it and another with 2. The wire nut with 3 is white and the other is well of course black...

How to do I run power to my outlet???

I can assist with more details as much as possible.

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Old 10-16-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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Well you are wrong abount the amount of times it's been discussed....it's way over 1 million. You need a neutral to have an outlet there. The newwest NEC code requires a neutral at the switch legs so this scenario can be accomplished. Do you have conduit or cable? Conduit makes it easy to pull a neutral to any location. If you have cable you may need to replace it with a 3 wire / ground type. Not a lot of options for you.

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