The end of a 3-way switch as a power source

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Old 08-11-05, 02:03 PM
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The end of a 3-way switch as a power source

I am wiring a hallway that I just framed in. The hallway will have a light in the middle with a 3 way switch on either end of it. The power source begins at one switch and ends at the other. I would also like to put an outlet at the end of the hall where the 3 way wiring will end. Can I use that last switch as a power source for the outlet?? If yes, how would I wire it. Thanks
 
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Old 08-11-05, 02:22 PM
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No. The wiring for the receptacle must be independent of the wiring for the light. So that means you must run a separate cable from the power source in the first switch box directly to the receptacle.
 
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Old 08-11-05, 03:11 PM
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The easiest way to do this is to run a separate line for the receptacle, as John stated.

Just for clarity, what you want to do is possible, buy you would need four and five conductor cable (plus ground) instead of three conductor cable (plus ground). Easy enough in conduit, but that's about it. It will also be trickier to wire.

I recommend John's advice, run a separate cable for the receptacle.
 
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Old 08-11-05, 03:11 PM
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Thanks John -- that's what I thought but I wanted to verify. I am almost done putting the light in, cross your fingers
 
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Old 08-11-05, 04:45 PM
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Everything works great-- 2 3-way lights, 3 outlets -- no problems. thanks again guys
 
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