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Electrical Wiring in the Home/Changing to a light switch outlet combo


I am trying to replace a simple light switch with a Pass & Seymour TM818TR-WCC6 switch outlet combo. I have removed the old switch there were 2 black wires attached to one side of the switch, and abare copper ground wire. The new switch has 2 black screws on one side, and the other side has 1silver and 1 brass screw and a ground post on top. I have connected the ground, and tried different connetions with the 2 black wires and I can make the light work or the plug worth but not both. There are 2 white wires nutted together do I need to employ one of them? And how?


Yes, you will need to use the white wires.  The black wire coming in will connect to the side that has a bridge. Do not break the bridge.  The black wire going to the light will go on the other side near the switch (dark color screw).  Now, you need to get a short piece of house wire, and connect it to the wire nut with the other whites and connect the other end to the silver colored screw.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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