Two separate switches to control GFI receptacle


Old 04-26-15, 08:39 AM
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Two separate switches to control GFI receptacle

Hi guys
There are hanging outdoor Christmas type lights on my patio plugged into an outlet controlled by a switch inside the patio door. GFCI outlet with both "plugs" controlled by the one switch. I recently installed a spot light for my BBQ that also plugs into the outlet.
I am wondering if it is possible to replace the single switch with a double switch and change the wiring so each outlet(top and bottom) are controlled separately by each switch. Basically I dont want my BBQ spot light to come on when I only want my patio lights on.

Is this something easily done?

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Old 04-26-15, 09:24 AM
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You would need to run new cable from the existing switch to the receptacle. The new cable would be 3-conductor with ground, such as 14/3 or 12/3. Red, Black, and White conductors with bare ground.

After running new cable, you can post for detailed wiring.
Old 04-26-15, 10:08 AM
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Yes. You break the between the two screws on the receptacle. Then you can have two circuits wired in.
Old 04-26-15, 10:18 AM
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With a GFI receptacle.... both receptacles are tied together internally.... you cannot split them.
You would need to add a second GFI receptacle.

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