Adding outlet on three-way circuit


Old 02-20-05, 11:03 AM
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Question Adding outlet on three-way circuit

I am trying to add an outlet on a circuit controlled by two three-way switches. The first switch is located on the ground floor, the second switch is located on the second floor. I want to add the outlet below the second switch, so I can add it between the switches or after the second one. I can not, however, figure out how to wire it so that it is always hot. Am I missing something here? Or can this not be done the way it is already wired?

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Old 02-20-05, 01:23 PM
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This is probably not possible.

It would only be possible if the neutral wire goes through the switch boxes and if this switch has the always hot side of the power (as opposed to the switched hot side) of the power.

What are the wires that are in the box, and how are they connected (to the switch, to each other, to anything else).
Old 02-20-05, 05:05 PM
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Not counting ground wires.
If you only have 3 wires in the switch box you cannot do it for sure.
If you have five wires in the box you can do it but the receptacle might be switched.

Tell us all the wires and the connections in the switch box.

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