MG> I have 2 power outlets right behind each other - one on the inside on my
MG> house, the other on the outside. I want to plug in some lights to the
MG> outside outlet and instead of going outside to plug/unplug the cord alll th
MG> time, I want to install an on/off switch inside my house to control these
MG> Can someone point me in the direction for some easy steps on how to do this
MG> Fyi, there is a switch already installed above the inside outlet which
MG> controls an outside light to my patio. Although I don't want to have this
MG> light on the same switch as the power outlets, I wonder if there is someway
MG> to use it for my purposes???
As the other responders pointed out, you need to add a switch which
involves running a wire between the outdoor outlet and where ever the
swithc is going to be located. Easiest run is straight up the wall
from the outlet, staying in the same hollow between studs. Naturally
that will also the ugliest spot to place a switch! Placing the switch
elesewhere would require running the switch wire either up into the
attic or down into the basement -- easier said than done in many
situations, especially if this switch is only going to be used during
the holiday season.
It will probably be much easier to use a remote-activated switcher
like the X-10 devices (Radio Shack sells some of the basic units).
Place the receiver in a waterproof and weather-resistant container ==>
I use a 2-quart (?) styrofoam cooler upside down (so the water doesn't
accumulate). The X-10 receiver is suspended from another piece of
styrofoam wedged into the bottom of the cooler; a short length of
weather-resistant extension cord is plugged into the outlet, routed
into the cooler at the lid (the styrofoam compresses). The controlled
device is plugged into the X-10 receiver's outlet, also through the
Outlet =)----------X10 =)--------------Device
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