Wiring outlet from single-pole switch

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Old 09-23-08, 02:40 PM
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Wiring outlet from single-pole switch

I need a electrical outlet on the back of a wall with a single pole light switch. I have a black wire in and red wire out of the switch. I have been looking for a diagram of how to go about this, or if it is even possible.

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Old 09-23-08, 03:01 PM
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You cannot extend a switch loop that has only a black and red wire.
 
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Old 09-23-08, 04:14 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply. Just so I understand, there is no way to add an outlet from a single-pole switch.

Not that I am questioning you, but it is a long way to another power source!

Thanks.
 
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Not unless the previous carried the neutral
(grounded conductor) to the switch box.
 
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Old 09-23-08, 04:36 PM
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If you only have a grand total of 2 individual strands of wire in the switch box, that are each hooked up to the switch, that means you have no neutral in that switch box. And you have to have a neutral there to have an outlet there.

With the switch loop, that is spoken of - if the hookup of the switch is as I said, and no other (white)wire is in the box, then the neutral wire is up there in the light fixture box, unfortunately.
 
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Ah, yes. I understand. Thanks for the further explanation.
 
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