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Electrical Question: How do I connect the switch wires for one light and still collect all white the neutral lines?

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Owen asks:

The house is pre 1965 and I have a hot that comes in to a 4 gang box and feeds a light in a dining room. so a black and white in and black and white out to the light.

I am adding cans to the adjacent room and want to use that hot coming in but can?t figure out the neutral wires.

Currently the switch that is for dining light has power at bottom of switch and the white is supposed to go to light.

Here is the problem, the 2 new lines I sent out to the cans and a fireplace spot light are on dimmers and since they share the power in from dining room, how do I connect the switch for dining light and still collect all white (neutral) lines?
When I turn on the light now I have zero power to the cans and when I turn off the light I have power to cans?

My load line (white) that exits the switch for the dining light is home installed with all white wires in box.

I am making a simple mistake but can not walk myself out of the scenario.

The pic attached shows the box before switches, right side is kitchen light that grabs power from 1 line to its left. The lines to the left are cans and spot.

Thanks for your time.

This electrical wiring question came from Owen in Novato, California.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical wiring question Owen.

Wiring Light Switches

Application: Run More Wiring for Light Switches.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Dimmer Switch, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Dimmer Switch should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in your specific area of California. A permit and inspections may also be required.

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Dave’s Reply:
Let’s make a few observations:
We see that it appears that we have all of the wiring that we need.

Corrections Needed:
I do see that the wire are not stapled within 12 inches of the box.
This can be easily corrected by securing the wires to the wood studs.
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