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I have 2 outlets I'd like to make half switched. Right now, the outlets are full switched. I understand I need to run a single hot wire to the outlet for the always hot half. Am I required to run new wire all the way from the panel? Or can I cut another existing line in half, stick it in a junction box, and splice everything together?

Also, can I run a single regular plain wire to the outlet or do I have to use romex and only utilize the black wire in it?
 

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If you do not have conduit ,you will need to run new romex to that box--no unshielded wires inside the walls

you should be able to draw that circuit from any near by J box that has adequate power.

A licensed electrician will correct me if I screwed you up. They are all at a barbecue and I wasn't invited. (I'm old grumpy and have no sense of humor)--Mike---
 

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You already have a hot wire at the switch. If you have conduit you can run 1 wire from the switch to the outlet to power it. If you don't have conduit you will be installing a cable.
 

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...They are all at a barbecue and I wasn't invited. (I'm old grumpy and have no sense of humor)--Mike---
Was wondering why you didn't RSVP :(

I have 2 outlets I'd like to make half switched. Right now, the outlets are full switched. I understand I need to run a single hot wire to the outlet for the always hot half. Am I required to run new wire all the way from the panel? Or can I cut another existing line in half, stick it in a junction box, and splice everything together?

Also, can I run a single regular plain wire to the outlet or do I have to use romex and only utilize the black wire in it?
Have you opened up the receptacle and switch boxes, and looked if there is already another wire not being used (capped off)?
 

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There are no extra wires not being used.

If new romex needs to be run maybe I'll just have an electrician install 2 new outlets. Since this is where my computer and tv plug into, I could ensure the best new wiring. Any rough estimates from electricians of what 2 new outlets would cost as opposed to wiring up the switched outlets?
 

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There are no extra wires not being used.

If new romex needs to be run maybe I'll just have an electrician install 2 new outlets. Since this is where my computer and tv plug into, I could ensure the best new wiring. Any rough estimates from electricians of what 2 new outlets would cost as opposed to wiring up the switched outlets?
The actual cost will really varies a bit all it depending on the structure et how much room you have in the breaker/fuse box and the labour rates it will varies a bit.

So if you really want to know the cost the best answer is have couple electricians make a bid for you have at least 3 bids and go from there.

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I like your idea of running a new dedicated circuit (or two) for your computer station.

I don't like sensitive equipment on a line that has a lot of other uses---especially any high amp items that could cause power fluctuation when they start up.
 

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I like your idea of running a new dedicated circuit (or two) for your computer station.

I don't like sensitive equipment on a line that has a lot of other uses---especially any high amp items that could cause power fluctuation when they start up.
That would be nice, but I'm not sure how cost-effective it would be. The only thing plugged into my living room circuit is a couple of lamps. Without the electronics the circuit is pretty much unused.
 
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