Re: Outlet change
All that's really needed to install the switch in series with the hot ( black or red ) to the receptacle.
If you have acces to the cable supplying the receptacle cut the cable ---- install the box --- splice the whites and grounds together --- attach the blacks to the switch top and bottom screw connectors.
Use 14/2 or 12/2 ( whichever is currently being used at the receptacle )
The existing hot at the receptacle would be removed ---- spliced to the white (marked with black tape ) of the new cable ----- run to the bottom screw connector on the switch --- the black wire of the new cable attched to the top screw of the switch ---the other end attched to the receptacle.
Make sure all splices are within the junction boxes.
You have a switched receptacle
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