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Old 12-01-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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have a problem and questions. Need to add a new receptacle but the only line available to tap from is a switch light with just three wires black, white and ground. How can I do this? I dont want the switch to control the receptacle. Thank you

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If there are only 3 wires it is a hot switch loop & you can't pull power for an outlet
You don't have a neutral, just a hot & ground

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Thank you for your information
I was also trying to tap it from junction box that had a red and white pigtailed and two blacks pigtailed. I connected the white to the white and red and the black to the other blacks ones, but when I plugged the tv it looked like there wasn't enough power coming from the receptacle since the tv turn on but it was like coming and going
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Red and white pigtailed? Hmmm. I'm a pro and I don't see that very often.

I would suggest plugging in a lamp first before testing your handy work using a television.
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Yeah..someone else used a TV as a test & they were off to buy a new TV after it was fried by improper wiring

Red is usually hot, not tied to neutral
Or its for connecting smokes together - signal wire
I'd verify what's wired where & how before you do anything
That takes eyes on the issue, looking in the panel & other outlest/switches to see what the heck they did
Any 3 way switches ?
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the connection was made to add a bathroom fan. we had a light switch with a receptacle combo/he added another switch to control the fan
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was it connected to a GFI?
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No it wasn't
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Red and white pigtailed?

Im guessing we are looking at another switch leg here, not a neutral.


And so it goes, R

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