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Old 08-07-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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Hello, I am trying to wire an outlet coming off of a light switch.


Coming into the switch box i have a 14/2 wire. I need to wire an outlet off of the switch.
When i opened the box i noticed the black and white wires were wired to the switch.


Any suggestions would help.

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Just one pair of wires? Or more?

It sounds like you have what is called a switch loop. You can't put in an outlet then as you don't have a neutral available. You'd have to run a new line.

If you have other pairs it may be possible. What's in the box?

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You can't do it without adding more wires---that is a switch leg---power to the switch and power out of the switch to the light---NO neutral.

Without a neutral you can't add an outlet off of that box.
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Going into the box was one pair of wires. Black/white/ground.
i need to hook up an outlet. I purchased a bigger box , i just need the wiring configuration. Can i pigtail the wires coming into the box and connect it to the outlet.
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No. You can't pigtail the wires.

You don't have a neutral, hence you can't put in an outlet there. You need another wire.

One side of the switch is hot all the time, the other is switched. One may be white but it isn't a neutral.
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any suggestions. i need an outlet in this closet for a natural gas alarm. Would a switch/ out let combo work. Thanks for the help
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NO. The only way it can work is if you supply a neutral to the box. Right now you only have a switch leg. You will need to replace the 14/2 with 14/3, and pick up the neutral at the point where the switch leg goes.
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You do not have a neutral at the switch box you want to pull power from. With the current setup, nothing you install at this switch will ever get a receptacle to work. You’ll have to run wiring from another receptacle (that is live all the time: and except kitchen, bath, or laundry) or maybe from the light that your switch controls, if possible. Or as Missouri said, run a new cable from light to switch first.
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Summary:

Put the cover back on the switch box.
Turn off the breakers to the kitchen counter receptacles, all bathrooms, and the washing machine receptacle(s).

Now find some other location that is still alive to run a cable for this new closet receptacle.

If the best location you find happens to be the light controlled by the switch you first opened, then you may consider replacing the cable in between with a 3 conductor cable and going back to that first switch to tie in the new receptacle.
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The only way to do it without running new wiring, is to take the current run from the breaker panel, and use a junction box, to allow the receptacle to always be powered, and to have a leg feeding the light, which in turn would have a "switch leg" to allow you to turn off the light from a light switch. The Neutral was added in the 2011 NEC, because with dimmer switches on a Switch leg, there was none in previous wiring methods using 2 wire plug ground romex.
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If you have a second circuit in same box can you pigtail neutral off that circuit ? So it then has both hot an neutral ?
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No, all conductors of the circuit need to be run together.
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And the second time to ask the same question too.
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They worded it better than my post.
I'll just junction off outlet in another room ,non dedicated,outlet .


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