Adding a new electric outlet using existing light switch

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Old 09-15-14, 02:58 PM
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Adding a new electric outlet using existing light switch

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My 2nd floor hallway doesnt have any electric outlets so I want to add at least one. The easiest way to do this seems to be to use the power from a light switch. Both light switches are 3 way switches. I see 2 neutral, and 2 ground wires, but i dont see any hot (black) wires pigtailed. Before I proceed I want to make sure i can wire a new electric outlet into this box, using the hot wire.

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Old 09-15-14, 03:11 PM
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I see only two 3-conductor cables in the box. Is there a 2-conductor cable I am not seeing?
 
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Old 09-15-14, 03:16 PM
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I see three cables, but thanks to the painters, wire identification is impossible. I believe the 2 conductor cable is in the middle hole with the two 3 wires on the sides. Of course I only see two wires connected to the switch on the right. Can you remove the tape? As easy as these switches would have been to wire without stab backs, you have to ask "why"?
 
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Old 09-15-14, 03:46 PM
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I think my problem is these 3-way switches both go to the light so there's no constant power source. The bottom red pigtail is the white neutral wires; the upper red pigtail is the neutral wires. I dont see one for the hot.

They look like they right outlet in this diagram:

[ATTACH=CONFIG]38318[/ATTACH]

Im guessing my only option would be to locate the outlet with the power, then snake it to this outlet so i would have a power source.
 
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