Converting a Light Switch to a Switch/Outlet Combo

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Converting a light switch to a switch/outlet is something that can be especially useful next to a doorway. Convert a light switch to a switch/outlet with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about how to convert your light switch to a light switch outlet combo. Now these are very convenient especially right next to doorways if you like to have a lamp right next to the door. For this job I'm going to be using a battery powered drill with a Phillips tip bit, a flat head screwdriver and a pair of pliers. First thing we need to do is remove the light cover so for that we're going to be using a flat head screwdriver and take those screws out. After your light switch cover is off go ahead and grab your drill or screwdriver and remove the switch. Then we're going to pull it out from the wall and if there's any electrical tape on it go ahead and remove that. Now with a standard switch you'll have your hot coming into your switch and then it running off to outlets or just a light. Your whites will be wire nutted together and your grounds will be wire nutted together and hooked to your switch. We're going to go ahead and disassemble all of this. As soon as you get the wires off I'm going to go ahead and use my drill and go ahead and remove these wires. After that's done I'm going to take off my wire nut, I'm going to grab my pliers and straighten out the copper lines. Now depending on how long they are you can cut them back to leave about a half inch showing. And I'm not going to mess with my ground. I want my ground to stay just like it is. So on the side of our combo we have 2 black screws, a brass screw, a silver screw and a green. Now if you're wanting the switch to control the outlet we're going to hook up our neutrals to the brass screw and the silver screw and hook up our hots to the 2 black screws. Then we'll go ahead and hook up the ground to the green screw. So I like to start with the ground. That way I know I'm always grounded when I'm working on something. Put the ground on there, screw it into place. Now with the black screws we're going to tilt our switch upside down and push our wires into this little guide on the back. So put one on each screw. After you get in there, we'll just drill it into place. And after that's done we're going to go ahead and hook up our neutrals. We'll go ahead and do that the same way that we did our black screws. Take our wire, put it underneath that guide and then drill it into place. And after you're all done we're going to push this back into their box making sure that our switch is on the top and then we'll just drill it back into the box. Now it's very important to remember before working on any electrical to go ahead and turn the power off at your electrical box. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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