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Wiring a Combo Switch Outlet

How Can I Replace a Garbage Disposal Switch with a Combination Switch? How to Wire a Combo Switch Outlet, Wiring a Combo Device Switched Outlet or Half Hot Outlet, How to Convert a Switched Outlet.

How to Wire a Combo Switch Outlet
Electrical Question: How Can I Replace a Garbage Disposal Switch with a Combination Switch?

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This electrical question came from: Scott, a Homeowner from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Wiring a Combo Switched Outlet

Application: Wiring for a Half Hot Switched Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best Installed by a Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Electricians Tools, including Pouch of Hand Tools, and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical wiring.
Precaution: Identify the circuit power source at the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before installing wiring or working or making connections.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have required inspections.

Part 1. Wiring a Combo Switched Outlet or Half Hot Outlet

Applications for Combo Switch Outlets

Part 2. Switch and Outlet Wiring

How to Convert a Switched Outlet

Wiring Modification for a Non Switched Outlet

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2 Responses to “Wiring a Combo Switch Outlet”
  1. Dave Zettle says:

    I want to power a receptacle so that it is turned on through a plug switch combo. I have a swag light I want to turn on through the switch instead of plugging it in each time to use it.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Dave,
      A switch will be much more convenient for sure. There are a few ways this can be done depending where the power source will be located within the wiring configuration, however wiring a switch is simply the method of breaking the power wire of the power source. This is explained in many articles and described in wiring diagrams found here.
      I hope this helps,


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