Adding a light switch


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Old 04-02-21, 04:35 PM
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Adding a light switch

I was looking at my mother's mobile home from the early 1980s and I found that for some reason they have an electrical outlet that's tied to a light switch. Then the ceiling fan has its electrical wire running down the wall to the outlet. I would like to fix this so that the outlet is always hot and the light switch controls the fan. I'm going to run a new piece of Romex I just have to figure out how to get it to that switch. My question is how do I tie the electrical to that outlet so that it's always on and then still be able to get power to light switch?
 
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Old 04-02-21, 08:17 PM
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The answer depend on the wiring at the switch and the receptacle.
 
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Old 04-02-21, 08:25 PM
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Can we make some assumptions?
 
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Old 04-03-21, 04:44 AM
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assumption - Being a mobile home the switch and receptacle will not have junction box. They will be mobile home versions. You need to install junction boxes at the switch and receptacle to make any changes.
 
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Old 04-03-21, 09:10 AM
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I was hoping now to have to tear apart the paneling so I could get in the wall.
 
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Old 04-03-21, 01:18 PM
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electrical outlet that's tied to a light switch
Does the switch control the outlet? Assuming it is a duplex, does it control both receptacles or just one? If the power originates at the outlet and the connection to the switch is only a switch leg, you could wire one outlet always-on and the other switched by breaking the brass colored tab on the outlet. The fan cord would plug into the switched half of the outlet.

If the power originates at the switch, you will need to run additional wiring from there to the outlet to have an always-on section.

tear apart the paneling
Use surface wiring channels to run wiring from switch to outlet, or from fan to outlet, or from fan to switch. Which one depends on where the power originates.


 
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Old 04-03-21, 07:44 PM
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Turning the switch off turns off the outlet. Above the fan where it mounts there is a hole where a wire could have been but was removed maybe? So I'm guessing jt goes from switch to outlet.

I have romex to fix this im just hoping to get the exposed line out of sight.
 
 

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