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screenporch21 06-26-2007 08:32 AM

wiring diagram question
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Hi. I put together the following simple wiring diagram. I'm hoping someone can review it just to make sure its correct. Basically, all I'm doing is installing a new receptacle, and a light fixture (plus switch) off of an existing receptacle. Please see the attached diagram and let me know if this is ok (you may need to click on the diagram and then maximize the browser window so that the image is easier to see). thanks!

KUIPORNG 06-26-2007 09:46 AM

it will work. Right... consider there is no overloading... but to be honest... you are only adding 2 more devices on the load... and one device is not constant active (plug)... so there is high chance you are ok... but it is better to check out what else in the circuit to be safe.

send_it_all 06-26-2007 09:58 AM

technically it will work, but what else is on that circuit? It would be wise to have an electrician stop by and take a look and advise you. The circuit could already be overloaded...there could be code issues about tying a light to those receps...etc.

jproffer 06-26-2007 08:29 PM

How about running from existing receptacle to the new rec., then from there to the new light. That would eliminate most of the wire nuts. You can always drop a switch loop from the light to a switch.

OOPS sorry...

Second look revision:

OK, run from rec. #1 to rec. #2, then thru the switch and to the light.

Of course only you know how it's all layed out, either way would work, I just prefer to have DIY'ers (no offense intended) stay away from wire nuts whenever possible.

RippySkippy 06-27-2007 08:01 AM


Originally Posted by jproffer (Post 50568)
...I just prefer to have DIY'ers (no offense intended) stay away from wire nuts whenever possible.

Do you or anyone else have an opinion of the push type connectors? In my new construction I had a couple handy and used them in a light switch, and they seemed to work well, held tight, seemed a bit less cumbersome than wire nuts. I asked my inspector, and he said as long as they were UL approved...he had no objection. I'd like to hear from those in the field....

Stubbie 06-27-2007 01:55 PM

IMO a wirenut is a superior connection and a hell of a lot easier to deal with if you ever have to change the wiring for future connections. Ideal,GB and Wago make the push connectors. Wago is the commercial wiremans choice as it works for both stranded and solid wire. One thing that makes them easier for DIY is that it eliminates poor connections made by DIYers when using wirenuts, especially when getting four or more wires in a wirenut. The push connectors are fine for DIY and their popularity is growing among professionals.


HouseHelper 06-27-2007 02:09 PM

I find the push-in connectors to be very handy when dealing with wires cut too short by the previous "electrician".

RippySkippy 06-27-2007 09:22 PM

Thanks for the view points...I ALWAYS take a pair of linemen's pliers and pull firmly on the wire nut before tucking it away...on occasion I've had to re-do one.

Thanks again...

J. V. 07-01-2007 02:01 PM

What drawing program did you use. I am looking for an inexpensive one for myself......Thanks John

jan2009 11-30-2008 07:51 PM

i too would like to know what program to use

rgsgww 11-30-2008 08:14 PM

This is a great program

Or most simply mspaint.

I'm a diyer, those wire nuts aren't hard to do. Mine are pretty darn tight.

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