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Old 04-02-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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switch outlet combo help-

Good Evening,

I have a project and I want to ensure I am doing it correctly. I live in a 1940's house with 2-wire circuits still throughout the original part of the structure. The bathroom had a medicine chest in it with a rotary type switch in it-none on the wall. It is pointless, at least I have been told to install a GFCI in the bathroom since the ground is nonexistent in the circuitry with the exception of grounded the outlets, fixtures, and the main feed.

I have removed the old medicine chest/light fixture. I have installed Wiremold and pulled 12-3 through the wiremold. When i hooked it up as I always have the more modern wiring I deal with, the fuse blew in the box. I realize now that I double fed the single pole switch I had started out with. Correct me if I am wrong.

Since the feed to the original light fixture is at the fixture, I need to identify the neutral wire (how do I do that btw?) hook it to the new fixture and run it to the switch, wire-nut the feed to the new wire and take that directly to the switch(no fixture connection).

If that is right-then how do I wire the combo? I would like to keep the outlet hot at all times.

Thanks for reading and for any assistance or advice you have to offer
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:05 AM   #2
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to do what you are describing wll require three wire cable from the fixture to the switch.
neutral in wall gets connected to white of cable and to the white of the fixture.
hot in wall gets attached to black of cable.
red of cable gets attached to black of fixture.

at the switch/recep white goes to white screw
black goes to common brass which feeds power to both the recep and the switch.
red goes to switched brass screw which feed power to the fixture when switched on.

There are combo GFCI recep/ switch devices available

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Old 04-03-2010, 07:40 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by brric View Post
There are combo GFCI recep/ switch devices available

Here are some examples:


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