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Old 11-18-2009, 02:50 PM   #1
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Hello,
I have an existing switch for a light and I would like to add an outlet between the switch and the light.
I have 1 line coming into the switch with a black, white, and bare wire.
I cut the line short at the outlet (which is right below the switch). I then ran a new line from the outlet up to the switch.
I piggybacked the black wires and ran one to the switch and one to the outlet. I then connected both white wires together.
The switch is now working fine, but I am getting no power at the outlet. I would like to have continuous power at the outlet regardless of the switch position.
I assume the problem is the lack of a white wire going to the outlet. Could anyone tell me how I can get this working?

Thanks for any thoughts.

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Old 11-18-2009, 03:01 PM   #2
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If you only have one set of wires at the switch... black, white, bare.. this is a switch loop and there is no neutral available. The white in this case is hot to the switch and the black is the switched hot to the light. You will need to find another power source for the new receptacle that has hot and neutral available. It won't work with what you have now.

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