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How to Replace outlet with combo switch

Switch operates outlet
combo switch replaces outlet
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1) Start with Ordinary outlet

Project objective: replace outlet with combo device.
Have switch on combo device control outlet on device


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combo switch replaces outlet
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2) Install combo device in place of ordinary outlet


Example Leviton Combo switches/ Hot side always has narrow blade. neutral side has wide blade.

Must remove break-away fin, and add jumper wire from Load brass screw to outlet screw as shown
If your switch does not have 2 screws on Hot side, then this wiring is not possible
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Jumper wire
Add outlet

How to Add new outlet

New outlet is added to Any-outlet#1
Add new wire into existing outlet box.
Run wire to new box
Install ordinary outlet in new box > white to silver screw, black to brass screw:
If you choose, Run additional wire to another new box

Black wire is Hot.> connect to brass screw
White wire is Neutral> connect to silver screw

Code says max 12 boxes per circuit breaker
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How to replace switch with combo switch

If your switch does not have 2 screws on Hot side, then this wiring is not possible
Hot side has the narrow outlet blade.

Review instructions above for basic wiring
1) Use screwdriver or pliers to remove break-away fin between Hot side screws.
If Hot side does not have break-away fin, then wiring is not possible.
2) Add a jumper wire between brass load screw and outlet screw as shown in diagram

Leviton 7299 cannot be wired this way


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How to wire 2 outlets

Outlets are wired in parallel
Each outlet receives Hot wire and neutral wire.
Inspect screws on each outlet to make sure the Brass screws are bonded together, and Silver screws are bonded together.
Connect Black Hot to side with brass screws and narrow blade.
Connect White Neutral to side with silver screws and wide blade.

Outlets have amp rating printed on back of device.
Match amp rating and expected load.
Always connect ground wire.

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