Electrical Wiring in the Home/bathroom wiring

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I am renovating my bathroom and had to move light switch that was powered by an outlet.  The outlet ran power to a light, and to the master bedroom outlets.  Here's my problem, when I have the power running to the light, and to the outlets in the bedroom, they work.  When I run the power to start at the outlet, then to the light switch, then to the other plugs, I trip the breaker.  What could I be doing wrong?

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Hi.

If you are running power from the outlet, to the switch, then to other outlets, here is how it should be wired:

Power coming in black goes to black wire to the outlets, and also to one screw of the switch.  All white wires connect together.  Black wire going to the light connect to the other screw on the switch. All grounds connect together.  Notice that the white wires do not connect to the switch.  I am assuming that you have all the wires in the switch box: coming in, going out, and to the light.
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