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Old 03-10-2013, 10:21 AM  
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Anybody here an electrician?

Have to install a couple of new outlets in my house, looking for somebody to do the work. I'll do some handy man stuff around the house, but generally try to stay away from electrical work.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #16
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Ah that's a bummer. If you're talking about fishing a bunch of wiring through walls you definitely need someone who knows what they're doing.
Right, that's really the concern. I could probably figure it out, but not sure the outcome would be polished.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #17
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If it is just a couple of outlets you can do it yourself and save a lot of money
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:14 PM   #18
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I was replacing the switches in my garage yesterday and the inside lights had one hot and one neutral wire going to the old switch. The outside sensor light had two hots going to it.

Any ideas why?
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:18 PM   #19
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I was replacing the switches in my garage yesterday and the inside lights had one hot and one neutral wire going to the old switch. The outside sensor light had two hots going to it.

Any ideas why?
Are you just making an assumption based on the colors of the wires? Because a black and a white going to a switch isn't unusual at all. Two blacks at a fixture is a bit odd though.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:20 PM   #20
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Or were the two blacks at another switch? I may have misunderstood your post.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:21 PM   #21
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Are you just making an assumption based on the colors of the wires? Because a black and a white going to a switch isn't unusual at all. Two blacks at a fixture is a bit odd though.
It was two blacks going to the switch. I just assumed they were both hot. It's possible the guy who did the install ran out of white wire for the neutral and just used black.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:22 PM   #22
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:23 PM   #23
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Maybe by doing this it makes the hot source start at the sensor light and just loops it through the switch???
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:24 PM   #24
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Seriously it's easy, cut out the sheetrock, drill the 2x4s with a 1/2" hole, run the romex. Patch the sheetrock and re-paint.

The electricians probably not going to re sheetrock and if he is, your bills going to be expensive. Cheaper to cut a clean path and hire someone to re sheet rock after words. Cut your path straight and 1' in height.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:28 PM   #25
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It was two blacks going to the switch. I just assumed they were both hot. It's possible the guy who did the install ran out of white wire for the neutral and just used black.
Yeah you don't want to assume much at a switch as it doesn't actually feed the fixture. The feed generally comes in at the junction box in the ceiling, and two wires are ran down to and from the switch on the hot side of the circuit to switch the fixture.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:29 PM   #26
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Seriously? Replacing existing home outlets are a 10 minute job at the most. If you're not sure of yourself, then youtube it and see how easy it is. My only suggestion is to buy a simple tester to make sure you wired them correctly (not hard if you pay attention).
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Maybe by doing this it makes the hot source start at the sensor light and just loops it through the switch???
Or that's an easier way to put it.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:31 PM   #28
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Maybe by doing this it makes the hot source start at the sensor light and just loops it through the switch???
Most likely, I always run the neutrals through switches, sensors, etc. It probably doesn't matter though.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:37 PM   #29
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Seriously? Replacing existing home outlets are a 10 minute job at the most. If you're not sure of yourself, then youtube it and see how easy it is. My only suggestion is to buy a simple tester to make sure you wired them correctly (not hard if you pay attention).
Read thread. Then post.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:46 PM   #30
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Read thread. Then post.

Yeah... saw that after I posted.

Adding a new outlet doesn't require a rocket scientist either, just a lot more time consuming unless there's an existing outlet or light switch on the other side of the wall. Otherwise, you'll have to deal with replacing sheet rock.
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