Re: Change light switch to outlet?
Originally Posted by diysteph
I understand your meaning of work in this case.
To answer your question, maybe. It will depend on what wiring you have in the box.
Don't forget to turn the power off before you work on the circuits and I will assume you can figure out how to remove the cover and the two screws to remove the dummy switch if it is a dummy.
You have two cables with white, black and ground with the white wires tied together, the ground wires tied together, and the black wire from one cable going to the top of the switch and the black wire from the other cable going to the bottom of the switch, and no wires on the dummy switch, the answer is yes. You would need to find out which black wire is hot and which one goes to the light. You would then pig tail a black wire to the hot, a white wire the the white, and a bare wire to the grounds. Hook the black pigtail to the brass screw on the outlet, the white wire to the silver screw on the outlet, and the bare wire on the green screw on the outlet.
You have a dummy switch with no wires, the other switch has a black, a white, and possibly a ground wire tied to it and no other wires. Then the answer is not without running a new 2 conductor plus ground cable from another power source.
There are other scenarios but it gets much to long to list them all. If you take the switch cover off and can post what wires you actually have we may be able to give you more direct directions.
I hope this gives you come insight into the process.
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