adding receptacle to a switch

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Old 11-01-05, 01:26 AM
bakbigpop
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adding receptacle to a switch

I'm new at this , So bear with me please.
I just installed a plug in a walkin closet and the only acessable power that I could get to was the wall switch that controlls the overhead light.
How do I wire this so the plug will stay hot while the switch is in either position?
This is a singlepole switch and when i wired in the plug to it ,it does not have power until the switch is in the off position.
 
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Old 11-01-05, 04:28 AM
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Sounds like you wired a switch loop. Find another source to power this receptacle, and do not use it as is.
 
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Old 11-01-05, 04:30 AM
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You cannot do what you want to do with the wiring that you have at that location.

I bet there was a single cable in the switch box with the black and white of the cable connected to the switch. This is known as a 'switch loop' and has a 'hot' wire, a 'switched hot' wire, but no neutral wire.

You will need to find a different source of power for this receptacle.

If my guess as to the wires in the switch box is wrong, then please describe what was in the switch box before you messed with it.

-Jon
 
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Old 11-02-05, 03:50 AM
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Electrical problem solved

Many thanks to racraft & winnie for their help on my electrical problem.
Problem solved and now my wife can use her sewing machine in the walkin and I dont have to hold the flashlight for her to KEEP ON SEWING.
I pulled a new wire up to the power source at the overhaed light .
Thanks again from bakbigpop
 
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