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I want to install a GFI outlet in a bathroom that only has a outlet in the light fixture? How do I run a wire from the switch which has 2 switches, one for the fan and one for the light above the med cabinet? I want the GFI outlet to stay on even when the switch is turned off... any thoughts.


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Make sure you turn off the power at the power panel.\015\012
\015\012If you are lucky you will find the following in the electrical box behind the light:\015\012\015\012
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  1. A black wire that brings power from the fuse/breaker panel--connected directly to one or two other (black) wires (not to the light).
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  3. A white wire from the panel--connected to one or more white wires including one to the light.
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  5. A black or white (maybe taped black) wire that comes from the switch and is connected to the light.
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  7. A green or bare wire connected to the box and maybe also to the light.
\015\012If this is the case then you can run a new cable to a new electrical box in the wall for the GFI. Connect the new black wire to the Line In terminal/black wire of the GFI outlet and to the group of black wires in (1) above. Connect the new white wire to the Neutral terminal/white wire of the GFI outlet and to the group of white wires in (2) above. Connect the new green/bare wire to the Ground terminal/green wire of the GFI outlet and to the original box or ground wire. If there is a Load/Feed through wire on the GFI outlet, tape the end of it and do not use.\015\012
\015\012If the black and white wires described in (1) and (2) above do not appear in the electrical box at the light then they are probably in the switch box and there will be only one black wire and one white wire that connect to the light on the wall. In that case you will need to run a new cable from the switch box to the new outlet. You will not be able to wire the new outlet from the existing electrical box at the light unless you do it through the switch and it will not be on unless the switch is on.
In your box where the 2 switches are, you probably have one feed line coming in, black, white and bare wires. There would be two lines going out, one to the fan and one to the light. The black wire from the feed would feed the 2 switches; theres more than one way to do that, usually the feed crimped to two more blacks, one to each switch. The 3 whites are probably crimped together. The 3 grounds are probably crimped together.

To feed another outlet to be on all the time, you need to take another 3 wire cable. Open the crimps so you tap into the wires before the blacks go to the switch. Connect the white to the whites; the ground to the grounds. You'll need to poke a hole or two in the wall and maybe a stud or two to get to where you want the outlet. Put in an outlet box designed for existing construction, run the wire into it, connect your GFI, and close up any holes you had to make.
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