Help! light switch conversion

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Old 12-27-99, 03:46 PM
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I have a 3 light switch wall box. The left switch turns on/off an exterior porch light. The middle switch operates a three-way outlet
for a lamp and the right switch is empty. I would like to install an outlet in this spot.
I would like to get my power supply by running a pigtail from one of the other switches but have not had any success. What is the best way to get power to the new outlet and still keep the other two switches working?
 
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Old 12-27-99, 05:52 PM
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This is posssible only if there is a neutral in the box as well.
If there is a bunch of white wires capped with a wire nut, you have a neutral supply.
You will need to pigtail a white from this group to the left side, white screw of the outlet.
You hot will come from the hot that is common to the switch/s. The three/way you have may not have a hot at that box, but the other one should. Just pigtail from it, or make a pigtail connection and lead it to the receptacle on the colored screw, right side of receptacle.
 
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Old 12-27-99, 06:44 PM
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Hi jeffstc.

If you want help, tell me how many wires are in that box?
It is not a must to have a neutral there.

Regards Zoltan
 
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Old 12-27-99, 08:10 PM
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hi jeffstc,
zoltan is correct its not necessery to have a nutural in the box to do this, but its advisable not to use the ground as your nutural if theres no nutural in the box what i would do is pull in a new set of romex for the outlet if the box has enough room to acept the new wires. let me know how many wires r in this box and what color and ill tell u if u can pull in the new wire
 
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Old 01-03-00, 09:54 AM
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Thank you Dave! I hooked up my outlet over the weekend.
 
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