Adding outlet to Switch

Old 11-02-13, 09:40 PM
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Adding outlet to Switch

I have a switch with screws on the one side nothing on the other. Two wires, black and white come to these screws. One of them is hot i.e. has current even when switch is OFF.

How can I add an outlet by taking current from this switch. Would this outlet have power when the above mentioned switch is off i.e. one of the wires does not have current.

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Old 11-02-13, 11:10 PM
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That is called a switch loop. It just breaks the hot wire at the light/receptacle.

There is an always live hot wire coming to the switch and a switched hot wire going back to the light/receptacle. There is no neutral present in that box which means you can't tap anything out of there.

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