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Old 08-03-2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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Adding outlet to switch leg?


Bath remodel.
Switch box with two sets of black and white wires coming in. Each set of wires is wired directly to a switch (two switches).

So we have two switches, each with a single white and a single black wired to them. Both wires seemingly hot.

One switch controls over-mirror light, the other controls (removed and wire nutted) over-head heater.

I would like to add an outlet to this box.

It this possible and if so could anyone assist me and perhaps offer some guidelines?

Thank you.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:01 AM   #2
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If you only have one wire going TO each switch
Then one wire FROM each switch

Then you do not have a neutral in that box
The white wire is being used as a switched hot

Unless you want the outlet on the ceiling
The heater would require a neutral



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Old 08-03-2010, 09:05 AM   #3
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There is braided insulation wire bundle with a single white and a single black in it. This wire bundle is running into the box and the hot white and the hot black wired directly to the switch.

There are two of these in the box. One for light over mirror and one for heater that is removed (to be replaced with vent).

I assumed that there was no neutral in the box. I was just wondering if there was anyway to wire up an outlet anyway.

Thanks again for any help.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:06 AM   #4
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The white conductor should be the unswitched hot to the switch, not the switched hot. NEC 200.7.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:36 AM   #5
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You need a neutral
A neutral must be located in the heater location
You would need to verify what wiring is there
Then take the heater switch out
At the heater location re-connect the switch wires
Black to hot, white to the neutral, ground

Then connect your outlet to that cable



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Thank you.
I will probably call out an electrician at this point.

Better safe than sorry.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:14 AM   #7
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I am gonna put in nice, pretty new switches for them and put an un-hooked up outlet in the box.
Then I will have them call out an electrician to either re-wire the overhead box to run a neutral into the switch box, then pig-tail the GFCI off of that circuit, OR run a new wire from the attic to the switch box. I think both options will be fine for them.
Considering the heater was a high-amp device, it would make sense to re-wire that box and run the outlet off of that circuit. Then it could handle the amperage from hair dryers, etc.

I can do this. But it is potentially a bad idea.

Thanks again for the HELPFUL advice. I appreciate it.

Have a great day everyone.
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