I'm a homeowner - not a pro. But, I've added fixtures, run new wire,
installed switches and receptacles, etc. With a lot of topics, I still
need "Home improvement for Dummies!"
I want to add a receptacle on the wall right next to an existing
switch. The switch has a hot line coming down to it from the power
supply of the fixture it controls. It interrupts that hot line, and
when turned on, sends current to the fixture. So, all that's in the
box is two wires: the hot line coming down, and the line that becomes
hot when the switch is on. There's no neutral wire or ground wire.
To put a receptacle in, I normally would have to snake a romex cable
down to the spot I want, and then install the black and white wires to
the correct screws. It would be so much easier if I could use the
existing electric source which comes to this switch. I wouldn't have
to snake any new wires. I would like to just replace my single switch
box, with a double box - screw the switch in and screw the receptacle
But, can I wire the receptacle from the power that comes from that
switch? I've never done a receptacle without a neutral wire going on
the silver screw.
Can it be done? Is there a legal (code) way?