Help with new receptacle wiring


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Old 04-13-15, 05:41 PM
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Help with new receptacle wiring

Hi guys, great site here..

Looking for your help.

I have a 2 story house, the stairs have 2 switches controlling 1 light (1 upstairs & 1 downstairs).
I have a little room under the stairs that has no electricity (lighting )
So i decided to leech power from the downstairs switch to create a NEW outlet in the adjacent room (same wall)

My problem is the current wiring has 3 wires and a copper wire.

All 4 wires are hooked up to the switch:
Upper Left is RED / Upper Right is WHITE
Lower Left is BLACK / Copper to Screw

What wires do i take and how do I splice them to the NEW outlet.

Thanks Guys!
 
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Old 04-13-15, 05:50 PM
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All 4 wires are hooked up to the switch:
Upper Left is RED / Upper Right is WHITE
Lower Left is BLACK / Copper to Screw
That is a dead end 3-way. You have no neutral and therefore no power at the switch. (The white you have is not a neutral and by code should have been marked to indicate that.)
 
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Old 04-13-15, 05:58 PM
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Thank you.

So im screwed....?

Any ideas to give that room power?

I did try connecting it different ways, but it was always one or the other, Light on, outlet on, light off outlet off, can i have it so the outlet is on when the light is off?
That room is hardly used so i would never need both working at same time.
 
 

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