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csindel

03:56PM | 11/26/04
Member Since: 11/25/04
1 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I have a bathroom without an outlet. I want to put a combo switch/outlet where the switch is located. There are only two wires to the switch, hot and neutral. Can I wire the combo with only two wires? I don't care if the outlet is only hot when when the switch is on, because it would be on when I am in the bathroom anyway. Any ideas?

Tom O

05:13AM | 11/28/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
If you only have two wires at the switch box, then you don't have a neutral. Don't let the white wire fool you, you have a hot wire & a wire that is controlled by the switch.

Also, any receptacle you add to the bathroom needs to be Ground Fault Protected & the device you're proposing to install isn't.

Considering the multi-megawatt hairdryers on the market, I think your best bet would be to add a dedicated circuit the would feed a GFI receptacle. The alternative would be to replace the 2 wire cable with a 3 wire cable (could be hard to accomplish), enlarge the box to 2 gang & install the switch and a GFI receptacle.

Tom

theeagle

05:28PM | 11/28/04
Member Since: 11/27/04
174 lifetime posts
the gfi is considered in some areas as a stop gap for non grounded circuits. but if you can run a new wire with ground to the panal, all the better.

but the swith may be wired in a loop to not allow this.

the power is actually at the light and then a black an white go to the switch and complete the loop. check for power at the light when the switch is off, to confirm this.


Wireman

08:23PM | 12/19/04
Member Since: 12/19/04
62 lifetime posts
cs, Tom O said it all. No need to check for power at the light. There is no neutral in the switch box and Tom O's advice was 100% correct.

Ron
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