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Old 03-30-07, 01:33 PM
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Need help with a home wiring problem (outlet on switch).

I have a light switch that operates a couple of outlets, as well as a ceiling fan. I recently replaced the outlets, and am pretty sure I wired them up exactly as the old ones (I was just changing from one color to another). Now the switch has no effect. The juice flows whether the switch is up or down.

What'd I do wrong? (Someone mentioned that on some outlets you have to break a little tab between screws for use with a switch, maybe?)
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There are tabs that run between the screw terminals of the outlet.

I would assume one side (brass) has 2 black wires and the neutral side (silver terminals) has a white wire.

You need to break of the little tab between the brass screws.

This would have one outlet of the duplex hot all the time, the other controlled by the switch.
If the operation of the switches is not as I assumed, or wiring different, let me know.
Check the tabs of the old outlets.

EDIT: Letter 'C' in picture.

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Originally Posted by jonw9
This would have one outlet of the duplex hot all the time, the other controlled by the switch.
That's exactly how it used to be. (I tossed the old outlets without thinking.)

Thanks a million!

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