Tapping into a receptacle...


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Old 11-02-03, 01:36 PM
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Tapping into a receptacle...

Hoping for some help here...

I want to add a ceiling light inside my pantry. THere's a receptacle already in the back wall that I think I can tap into for power. Only, it is in the middle of a run and I'm not quite sure how to tap into it. The light fixture I want to add is a pull string so I won't have to add a wall switch. Any tips on this?

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Old 11-02-03, 01:53 PM
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Remove the 2 blacks from the brass screws and nut together with your new light cable black and a 6 inch pigtail. Connect the black pigtail back to one of the brass screws on the receptacle. Same for white and ground on silver and green screws. Your light will now have power.
 
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Old 11-02-03, 04:19 PM
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Sorry, but you cannot tap power for lighting from the pantry receptacle circuit. You will need to get power from another source.
 
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Old 11-02-03, 05:06 PM
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What Bolted is referring to is an electrical code prohibition against installing any lighting on a circuit serving dining room, kitchen countertop, or pantry receptacles. Sorry. Your best alternative might be to take power from the circuit serving kitchen or dining room lighting.
 
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Old 11-02-03, 05:30 PM
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thanks very much for the replies. So, I cannot get power from the receptacle inside the pantry. My house has a crawl space so getting to another receptacle would not be that difficult. I just figured that tapping into the outlet in the pantry, being that it is the closest, would be the easiest route to go. I do have a light switch on the opposite side of the pantry wall (in the stairway going down) that controls the downstairs lights. Could I use this for a source? Only thing is, theres another light switch downstairs that also controls the downstairs lights (guess they are connected somehow). Does that pose a prob? Should I just tap into a downstairs outlet and go that route? Sorry if these questions are very basic but I've never done electrical and just want to make sure I can do this the right way.

Many thanks again

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Old 11-02-03, 05:33 PM
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If there is only one cable in the switch box you can not get power. It is a switch loop. If there are 2 cables it should be possible. Tell me the cables and connections and I will tell you if it is possible.
 
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Old 11-04-03, 04:04 AM
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I checked out the wiring situation of the light switch on the other side of the pantry wall. The wires I see are a black and white on one side of the switch, a ground wire, and one red wire on the other side of the switch. On the red wire side, I think there was only one screw terminal. I'm thinking the easiest solution will be to just take the new electrical wire down into the crawlspace and tap into a wall outlet from my living room. Thanks for all the help!

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Old 11-04-03, 03:57 PM
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The switch with 3 wires sounds like a 3way switch. Is there another switch that also controls the same thing as this switch.
Yes the best thing is to tap into a receptacle.
 
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Old 11-04-03, 04:46 PM
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Hi Joed,

Yes, I guess it is a three-way switch. Luckily, I just foung a receptacle on the other side of the pantry wall that is at the end of a run so I'm going to use that. The hardest part I think is going to be running the wire. GOing to tackle the project this weekend, if not sooner. Thanks again,

bubba
 
 

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