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ohiolarson

07:31AM | 05/24/04
Member Since: 05/23/04
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Bvelectrical
I have a light in my garage that is controled by two three way switches. I need to put in an outlet next to the switch at the end of the line. Is there any way to pull power from the 3 way switch ant the end of the line?

joed

01:13PM | 05/24/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
If there is only one cable with 3 wires + ground then you can not get power fromthe switch. There is no neutral. All the wires are hot or switched hot.

Tom O

02:32PM | 05/24/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
Well, actually, you can get power. Unfortunately, it will only be available when the light is on. If that is acceptable, extend the wiring from the light fixture to your outlet. Make sure that your outlet is a ground fault protected outlet.

Tom

joed

07:38AM | 05/28/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
OK you can get power. You don't have a neutral wire so power is useless with no return path.

Tom O

05:30PM | 05/28/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
We may be trying to answer a question where the data is not clear.

If there is a 3 way at a remote location (such as a house), a 3 way at the garage and the light is in the garage, then power is available ( as described before)and so is the neutral. Other wiring arrangements may result in no neutral. I guess it depends on what is meant about a switch at the end of the line.

Tom

bcelect

06:29AM | 05/29/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
How did you make out ? Just my 2 cents, You will need a GFCI receptacle in that garage.
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