switch to switch and receptacle

Old 11-09-03, 12:13 PM
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switch to switch and receptacle

I want to convert a switch in a bathroom to a switch/gfci receptacle. When I pulled out the old switch it has a white and black wire connected to it. Without a switched black wire, am I out of luck? Thanks.
Old 11-09-03, 12:27 PM
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You are out of luck, but not for the reason you stated.

You are out of luck unless there are other wires in the box, which it doesn;t sound like there are. It sounds like you have a switch loop. A switch loop contains the hot side of a circuit, with no return.

I think you will find that one of the wires on the switch (should be the black one) is always hot, while the other side (should be the white one reidentified with a black mark) is hot when the switch is on.

To add an outlet you need to have a return, along with a hot. To do this you will need to pull another wire from the light to the switch box.
Old 11-09-03, 12:33 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply. There are no other wires in the box, so this is a switch loop. Oh well....might have to save this project for next weekend. Thanks again.

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