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With the switch off, I will need you to remove the switch from the wall, but leave it connected to the wiring. I need you to describe how many wires of each color are in the box, and which ones are connected to the switch itself
Im not right in front of the switch, It is located at another building I attend to. It will take me about 1.5 hours to get there. is there any way we can do this over the phone? While im at the switch?
unfortunately, we are not allowed to contact customers via phone
Ok This building has really old wiring and sometimes cant tell the color of the wiring .. some of it all looks black.. But what would make the outlet cut power if I take out the bulb? Is it acting as a "link " to complete the circut that powering the outlet?
I would say the outlet was added after the initial wiring was done, and connected to the wrong wires
When you open the switch box, you will probably find 2 older wires coming from the top, with two newer wires going out the bottom to the outlet
I think the switch has two hot black wires and no neutral white one..
There will be white wires in the box, although you may not be able to tell that they are white, ot they may be folded up in the box, not connected to the switch
I would look at the wiring on the outlet to see if it is different than the other wiring first
Then, try to determine where that wire goes. Wherever it goes to, it has been connected improperly
I connected the white wire from the outlet to the wire I thought was the white neutral and switched on the breaker. Everything seemed fine but the outlet didnt have any power. Then ramdomly I screwed a light bulb in the socket and saw the powerstrip light come on plugged into the outlet..
Let me see if I understand...
When you opened the switch, there were only 2 wires, with an additional 2 that you think go to the outlet?
in other words, 2 from the top and 2 from the bottom
Yes with another black wire running straight threw the box.. in the top and down threw the bottom
Is there any way you could send a picture of the wiring in the switch box?
right below this window is a paperclip icon that allows you to send files
I could but I have to get there first. How do we do that?
it would have to be later, it takes time to get there
take a picture with a camera or phone, the put it on your computer and upload it with the paperclip icon below or chat window
without seeing it, I believe that you connected the white wire to the wrong place
If you can send me a picture later, I will take a look
how do we continue this chat later?
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