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If I get the Dual Enchanting Perk, can I add an additional enchantment to an item that I previously? Similarly, can I add an extra enchantment to an item that I didn't enchant, but found already enchanted?

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No and No.

The Extra Effect perk only works for newly enchanted items, and both enchantments must be applied at once. You cannot enchant an item that is already enchanted.

You can, however, disenchant an item to learn that effect, and then apply it, along with an additional one to a new item of your choosing. Seeing as you'll have a 100 Enchanting Skill at this point, the item you create is almost certainly going to be better than the one you've destroyed to learn the effect anyway.

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Thanks for answering both my questions so quickly. – m.n.wiser Jan 10 '12 at 0:39
Keep in mind that not all enchantments found on items ingame can be learned. – bkzland Jan 10 '12 at 0:46
@bkzland And some that CAN be learned, can't be used. (Shadowstrike, Shadowthrive, etc.) – Fluttershy Jan 10 '12 at 6:10
I noticed that the first enchantment is full strength but when you add a second enchantment the strength is diluted. – M. Travis Volker Jan 13 '12 at 8:56
@M.TravisVolker This is untrue. I've tested it pretty heavily, and have never experienced that. There are however, some UI bugs regarding displayed enchantment strength before you select a soul gem. – LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 13 '12 at 12:35

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