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October 2nd, 2002, 08:57 AM
Currently have a switched plug with 2 three way switches. My goal was to add a ceiling fixture on a single switch and keep the plug on a single switch. I misread the wiring and now do not have a neutral for the new fixture. Question one- anyway around this?
Now I will settle for the original setup with a fixture on the switched plug circuit connected at the furtherst three way. Question two- will this work since there is no neutral (the switches just connect or break the hot side of the plug)?
Would it be ok to connect the use the ground as a neutral only to the point of the switch where it would be connected to the neutral?
October 2nd, 2002, 09:48 AM
Never use an equipment grounding conductor as a neutral conductor, way to hazardous. You would be doing yourself way more harm than good.
If you ran a 12/2wgrnd from the switch receptacle to the light fixture and inside the receptacle connect all the whites together using a wire nut then pigtail to your receptacle then connect all the equipment grounding conductors together in a wire nut with a pigtail to the receptacle. Then connect the hot coming into the receptacle to one brass screw of that receptacle. Then connect the white wire of the 12/2wgrnd going to the switch from that receptacle box with a black ring of tape to reidentify this white wire as a hot switch leg conductor to the second brass scew of that receptacle. Then wire nut the black wire coming from that receptacle box to the switch box to the black wire going to the light you should find your receptacle now to be hot all the time and the light controlled by your three way switch.
YOU CAN NOT GO DIRECTLY TO THE SWITCH BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO NEUTRAL WIRE AS IT IS NOW WIRED.
Try looking at the following wiring choice that may help you understand.
Look at the lower picture After conversion. This may help you pick up what I am discribing. The three way part will pick up without further concern or changes in your two switch boxes if you match the wiring in the receptacle with a 12/2wGrnd going to the light box from that switched receptacle.
Let us know if this helps
October 2nd, 2002, 09:56 AM
That's what I figured I would have to do, I was just hoping there was something I was missing. Many thanks for the quick response.
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