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Old 05-08-2010, 08:48 AM   #1
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Quick question,
My saturday project this week is installing a sliding patio door where a bay window used to be to my back yard. I will be extending my deck to come to the door.

Heres the question. I currently have an exterior outlet on the back of my house, but eventually i may add deck lighting. I have the wall open now and was wondering if i could and or should drop power out to an exterior junction box now from a switch or if i can just tap the exterior outlet at a later time.

I am putting a single switch and light next to the door in the interior for a flood light however i was thinking of putting a double switch box there and keep one switch for the deck lighting.

Comments, questions, concerns? Please let me know your opinion on it.

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It sounds as if you have the interior wall open so the current wiring and boxes are exposed-I'll go that way. IF you are wanting your potential deck lighting to be switched, why not install the switch, wiring it, feed the load side out, and terminate it in a jb now for future use when/if you decide to do this. As far as the current exterior outlet, I'm not sure but it may be a code violation to tap an exterior outlet. In my area they have to be covered with one of those "up-to-date" covers which weight about three (3) pounds and make it hard to plug in anything, and have to be GFCI breaker protected. I like the idea that you are looking ahead, for sure. David

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I'd run the switch & feed now for the deck lighting
You can tap into an exterior outlet, they are not a required to be a dedicated circuit
I buy dual switches & use single gang boxes in some cases
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Perfect as always guys. I decided to do the double switches and instead of cutting it off into a junction box, decided to put another outlet out there that is switched (for now) later i can use that switched power for the deck lights.

Time to run some wire and close the wall.
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I'd run the switch & feed now for the deck lighting
You can tap into an exterior outlet, they are not a required to be a dedicated circuit
I buy dual switches & use single gang boxes in some cases
Yeah the dual switches and single boxes i have in two of the bedrooms, it would work in this scenario however the gf said those confuse her. double box it is.
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