I need help with the following circuit. I need three consecutive receptacles, followed by a light, and then the switch at the end. The key is I want the first two receptacles always on, while the third receptacle, and light would be switched. I thought I had it, but it didn't get past the receptacles.
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There are several ways to do what you want. One basic way: Run power to recpt, #1, then recpt #2, then to switch where the hot goes to switch then continues out top end of switch to the light and switched recpt.
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