New line from existing switch.

Old 07-29-03, 05:53 AM
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New line from existing switch.

I have easy access to a wall switch, and want to run a seperate line that WILL NOT be controlled by the switch, I need it always on. Can this be done, all I have access to is the line going into the switch. (and the new line of course)
Old 07-29-03, 06:25 AM
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Might be possible, might not.

If there is a white wire attached to the switch, then it is not possible.

If there is no white wire attached to the switch, then look for two or more white wires connected with a wire nut in the back of the switch box behind the switch. If they are there, and if this is a standard switch (not a 3-way or 4-way), then this is possible.

If the switch is a 3-way or a 4-way, then it's more complicated. Post back for more information.

So post back anyway and tell us what you found in the switch box and we'll go from there.
Old 08-01-03, 05:42 AM
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Both the black and a white wire are attached to the switch, no other wires are present. There are three fixtures controlled by the switch, is it a bad idea to add a pull switch to each light, then leave the switch on? One light is a 4' flouresecent.
Also, when I was putting the switch back I caught the side of the box. The breaker didn't trip, but all three lights don't work. Any ideas whay this would be happening?

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