Wiring a receptacle off a switch to turn on and off

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Wiring a receptacle off a switch to turn on and off

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So i have a 3 way light switch right now in the wall.

I want to wire in another 3 way light switch of the existing 3 way light switch.

Then from the new light switch i want it to power a new receptacle BUT i want it to turn on and off both plug ins on the receptacle.

I also note when ever i look this up its only for powering on and off only 1 part of the receptacle and not both.

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Will the existing 3-way switches control both existing device and new device? If you want separate control you will need a new switch circuit.
 
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I only want to tap power off the existing light switch and only control the new receptacle with the new switch. I want the original light switch in the wall right now to stay untouched and separate only using it for its power.
 
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When you run the switched hot and neutral from the new switch to the receptacle all you need to do is connect the black and white to the gold and silver screws and the whole receptacle will be switched.

The only problem you may encounter is the existing switch might not have a neutral.
 
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Tell us the wiring in each of the 3-way switch boxes.
 
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OK when i get home tonight i pull out the existing light switch and see everything in the electrical box and reply. Thanks all
 
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Ok change of plans. I tapped into a receptacle instead so this is what i have.

New box in the wall with the 3-way switch.
Whites capped together in the box.
Black to right side of plug top
Black to right side of plug bottom
Red to the other side of the switch.

Run to the other new box with the receptacle.
Running into the box Red, white and black.

So need to know how to wire it to the receptacle and have both sides of the plug turn on and off with the switch.,

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Black to right side of plug top
Black to right side of plug bottom
Red to the other side of the switch.
There is no right or left side. That is meaning less since the switch can be installed either way. What matters is the wire on the commons screw, the odd colored (usually dark gray) screw.

Hower you can't use the 3-way switch to control the receptacle. You need separate not 3-way switch to control the light.
 
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Ok so how should i wire this light switch to turn on and off the receptacle? There is no light involved in this. Just 1 light switch and 1 receptacle and nothing else.
 
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Okay you have totally confused me. Wasn't the switch you described already controlling a light? If so only the power in the box is used and it goes to a non 3-way switch.
 
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Sorry for the confusion No i was just trying to tap the light switch for power, but i found an easier way to get power.

So lets start over again.

Right now i have a live 14/2 wire going to a box with a light switch. from there i want it to go to another box with a receptacle to turn it on and off both sides of the receptacle.

Need to know how to wire the switch and the receptacle together.
 
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Okay this should explain it. Post if you have more questions.
 
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wow that was easy, i saw some diagrams on google images and it confused me with having to run 14/3 as it was showing.

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xx/3 is usually only used on split receptacles. Black always hot and red switched power. In that case the brass tab is removed. What you wanted though didn't require any of that.
 
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Yes thats what confused when i kept seeing the split receptacle having the red wire go to it. But couldn't find a pic of just the whole receptacle on a switch.
 
 

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