02:01PM | 01/03/05
Member Since: 01/02/05
1 lifetime posts
I want to add an outlet in a location that is not near any other outlets, but is close to a light switch. Can I use the wiring going into the switch to power the outlet. I do not want a switched outlet. There are two black wires, a red wire and a ground going to the switch.


05:30PM | 01/03/05
Member Since: 12/19/04
62 lifetime posts
VB, The switch you are describing sounds like a three way switch. The light that is controlled from that switch is also controlled from some where else in the room. The two blacks and 1 red wire you find connected to the switch are actually 1 black, 1 white and 1 red. Look closer at the wires and see if one of them was made black with a magic marker or tape. Unfortunately if this is the case you do not have a neutral in that switch box and you would not be able to extend wiring to a receptacle.

Do you have a basement below the area you want to install the receptacle? This would be your best bet for picking up a circuit. Give me more detail in case I can advise you further.



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Put up a hinged mirror to conceal a recessed storage cabinet. In tight quarters, opt for a thin mirror that can sit almost... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon