How do I bypass switch on an electrical outlet?

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Old 04-19-12, 07:33 PM
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How do I bypass switch on an electrical outlet?

Hi. I have an electrical outlet that was wired in circuit with a light switch, so anything plugged in to that outlet goes off when you shut the ceiling light. I would like to bypass the switch circuit, so that the outlet maintains constant power, regardless of the light switch on the opposite wall. I'm not sure how this might be accomplished, because there is only one 120v hot wire (BLACK) in the switch outlet box. This has to be shared by both the ceiling light fixture, and the electrical outlet. Any type of sharing configuration (ie. pigtailing), means there will be a connection to the light switch. And any direct or indirect connection to the light switch, affects the on/off condition of the electrical outlet.

To illustrate the wiring configuration, this is a diagram of the wiring:
 
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Old 04-19-12, 08:12 PM
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Am I understanding you correctly. The neutral of the receptacle is connected to one side of the switch and the hot to the other side of the switch. That is totally wrong.

The neutral to the receptacle goes with the other white wires.

Power in black from the light is connected to the black from the receptacle and a pigtail that goes to one side of the switch.

Power out to the light goes to the other side of the switch.

 
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Am I understanding you correctly. The neutral of the receptacle is connected to one side of the switch and the hot to the other side of the switch. That is totally wrong.
Hi. No, the diagram does not show a white wire connected to the switch; only black and red. There is a bundle of 3 white (neutral) wires shown, one of which goes to the receptacle outlet. Sorry if it wasn't clear.

The neutral to the receptacle goes with the other white wires.
Power in black from the light is connected to the black from the receptacle and a pigtail that goes to one side of the switch.
Power out to the light goes to the other side of the switch.
That is indeed how things are connected. My problem was resolved earlier this morning, by moving the black wire that was connected to the ceiling light fixture over to the bundle of black wires in the junction box (so only the red wire is now connected to the light fixture). Now I have constant power to the outlet, but can still switch on/off the ceiling light.

Thank you for your help!
 
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Old 04-20-12, 08:01 AM
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Glad you got it. Your diagram already seemed to show that and since by general practice the red is usually the return wire I thought that was what you had. Sorry for my confusion helping you.
 
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