wiring in a switch box


Old 10-18-11, 08:43 PM
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wiring in a switch box

a little.
I was replacing a switch/outlet combo in a bathroom all on the same body. The switch worked a light and the outlet was hot all the time. I was going
to put a double gang box and have a separate switch and a gfi.

When I opened the box there was two cables. Cable 1 the white was hot [so i am thinking a switch loop] the black came off the other side. What i am confused about is on cable 2 the black and white where spliced together with a pig tail to the switch and outlet combination. I have to see if one side had its tab broke off. I would check the side with the pig tail.

I guess i never saw a black and a white spliced together and not making a short. Can anyone tell me how they could tie the black and together and not trip a breaker?

Last edited by pcboss; 10-19-11 at 12:47 PM. Reason: readibility
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Old 10-19-11, 06:14 AM
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"black and tie togather"

What does this mean?

Please use correct spelling and grammar so we can understand your problem.
Old 10-19-11, 12:46 PM
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Your post was edited for readibility. Proper sentence structure and capitalization make it easier for everyone to read and understand your post.

The black and white splice was part of a switch loop where the white is not a neutral. It is now a hot. It should have been re-identified as a hot with blac or red magic marker or tape on both ends so this confusion did not exist.

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