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Old 10-21-14, 09:05 AM
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remove switch and cover with blank

I have a wall switch that controls a receptacle but I would prefer that the receptacle always be on to just plug things in.
Can I remove the switch and just connect the 2 black wires together (nutted) then replace the switch so it's a non functioning switch (or use a blank cover?)
 
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Old 10-21-14, 09:11 AM
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Yes, basically you are just converting it to a junction box. Use a blank cover.
 
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Old 10-21-14, 08:30 PM
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Leave the switch in with nothing connected to mess with the wife/husband though.
 
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Old 10-21-14, 09:04 PM
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Does the CEC have the same requirement as the NEC for certain rooms to have a switch controlled lighting outlet? If so removing the switch would be an issue.
 
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Old 10-21-14, 09:19 PM
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I can't answer that with 100% confidence. I've never heard of it as a requirement, but I may scope out the depths of my codebook and get back to you on that.
 
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Old 10-21-14, 09:53 PM
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Found it!
30-502

Bedrooms and living rooms are allowed switched receptacles in place of a light. But they must have one or the other.
I think these are going out the window though as pot lights in living rooms take over.

So good call pcboss, and I guess hold off on removing the switch if you don't have living room lights.
 
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Old 10-21-14, 10:15 PM
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I can't comment on Canada, but this is very common in California.
I don't know when ceiling boxes and a little extra cable became so expensive, but for many years now, houses here have a switched receptacle (half-switched) for lamps rather than a ceiling fixture.

So it's required to have one or the other in living spaces.
 
 

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