Replace switch with receptacle?

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Old 12-30-06, 10:23 AM
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I have a similar issue:

I live in an older building that has an electrical "coil" heater, in which the power was shut off by me because I feel that something like this in the BATHROOM is not only unsafe, but unnecessary because it really does not get cold enough where I live to use. The switch for this device is on the wall and has no power to it, being shut off by the circut-breaker panel by me. The wiring that I can see is two red wires connecting to the switch. There is a white wire that I can see that travels down BEHIND the box, but is not connected to the switch itself.

My question is this: Is there a way that I can remove the switch and replace it with a 2-prong of 3-prong outlet?
 
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Old 12-30-06, 10:30 AM
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Do you own this building or are you renting? If you are renting you can do nothing except talk to the landlord.

If you own this building and live in it yourself, you may or may not be able to do this

Tell us ALL the wiring in the box, whether connected to the switch or not. Is this a 120 volt circuit? Is the box grounded, either by a dedicated ground wire, or by metal conduit containing the wires?
 
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