How can I eliminate the need for the switch controlling living room receptacles?


Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Living Room Renovation project

Homeowners have many important questions about their Living Room Renovation Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Living Room Renovation investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Living Room Renovation project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Living Room Renovation - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Living Room Renovation project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in...

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Modern Cat Flea Control

Unfortunately, the promising agrochemical corporations' most effective toxins for insect control, over the last seventy years of production has proven to be too toxic to be used indoor in dwellings, on pets and where humans or their food are.

Currently, the most effective of these old-style insecticides are banned and outlawed for consumer use (most of which came out of World War II nerve gas technology). The few, of the currently and generally available agrochemical insecticides for consumer use are variants of a few similar but different formulations of synthetic pyrethrin -- insecticides that have currently proven ineffective for rapid reproducing insect pests.

Most synthetic pyrethrins are patentable replacements for the less effective tincture from the natural

pyrethrin plant. These insecticides are used as an ineffective contact poison rather than the...

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Ceiling Fan Installation

I have just installed a ceiling fan (with light kit)in my gameroom but I am not sure about the wiring. The fan has a black and white wire and the electrical box has a black, red and white. I am putting the fan on a dual switch so I what the fan controlled on one switch and the light on the other. But the problem comes in on how to do the wiring when I only have one hot wire coming from the fan. Does anyone know how I should handle this so that each switch controls a functions?

Depending on what products you used and how you connected everything, the light kit should have its own black (sometimes blue) wire. You may have connected this to the fan's black resulting in only one hot wire. You can connect the hot wire from the light kit directly to the hot wire from the switch.

Ceiling Light Wiring

I have a ceiling light with a pull chain switch. I want to add a second porcelain keyless lamp base to another part of the...

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A switch-controlled outlet is a great way to control lamps in the den, living room or bedroom. In fact, the National Electrical Code, or NEC, requires a switched outlet in a habitable room without an overhead light. There are several ways to wire a switched-controlled outlet and a new requirement of the 2011 NEC requires a grounded conductor (neutral) in each switch location whether there is a need or not. The examples shown will meet with the new NEC requirement.

Switch-Controlled Outlet Power Leg at Receptacle

Mount a single gang receptacle box and a single gang switch box at the desired locations. Pull 12/2 or 14/2 Romex with ground power leg cable from the breaker box or another receptacle box into the new switch-controlled receptacle box. Route the wire through one of the entry holes. Leave about a 6-inch tail and secure the cable within 8 inches of the box with a cable staple.

Pull 12/3 or 14/3 Romex with ground cable from the switch-controlled...

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Controlling a light or lights with two or more switches

These pages describe how to use 3-way and 4-way switches to control lights from two or more locations. This is the first of several related pages explaining how to control lights with multiple switches. Unless you already have a good understanding of the intricacies of 3- and 4-way switches, you should read at least the first three of these pages in order.

A Completely Different Approach: Radio Remote Control

Disclaimer: I have no experience with X10 automation. I only offer this section after getting lots of questions from people who find themselves in a situation that is difficult to handle with conventional passive switches. I have no recommendations or endorsements to offer for particular brands.

Oops! You installed the wiring, covered it all with dry-wall, and have now discovered that you did not pull 3-conductor cable everywhere you should have. Is there any hope short of tearing...

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