GFCI question

Old 01-12-03, 09:05 PM
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GFIC question

I have a bath with no recept. I want to add one but tapping into the light supply (12/2) and use the light switch as a safety; turn light off, recpt. is off.

can this be done?
Old 01-12-03, 09:48 PM
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Well it can be done, but whats the point of switching the recept?
Old 01-13-03, 04:08 AM
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I live with 3 women... curling irons, hot curlers, etc. are the rule, not an exception. The switch allows me some piece of mind about what is off and what is not! No light, not hair appliance left on...
Old 01-13-03, 08:11 AM
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Here's an overview:
  • Figure out everything on this circuit. No sense adding a new receptacle if the breaker blows every time you use it.
  • Read a good book or two on home wiring.
  • Pick a spot for the receptacle, no more than 36" from the rim of the sink. Try to pick a spot to which you can most easily run a cable from the light.
  • Cut a hole for an old-work box.
  • Run a new 12/2 cable from the light to the hole.
  • Install the box and a GFCI receptacle in it.
  • Make appropriate connections at each end. We can help you with that when you get this far.
Old 01-13-03, 08:28 AM
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The most important point in John's post is "run 12/2 to the LIGHT". If the switch only has a single 12/2 cable you can not install a recepticle from this box. It is only a switch loop.
Old 01-13-03, 09:22 AM
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I'll check the load on the circuit...thanks. Yeah, my plan was to tie in at the light. I appreciate the help.

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