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Old 01-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #1
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bottom half of outlet has no power?

So we retextured the walls and painted and removed all outlets and switches. I marked the wires but I am having an issue with one outlet. It's not a switched outlet. There is (2) whites and (2) black and the ground wire. The top half has power and I confirmed power is at the outlet to the left of this one on the same wall. The black and white on the bottom daisy chain out and and supply power to the right side of wall but no power there??

I used the same outlet and when I removed the wires the first time I had to jam a small screw driver into the release tab to get the wire out. Perhaps I broke a connection? Any suggestions?


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Old 01-08-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
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thats what I think I will do, but since it's dark I will do it tomorrow. On a side note, is it strange for a three way switch to not have a gound wire? I have switch upstairs and one down stairs that control the same hall light. There is only (2) blacks and a red wire. the black wires go to the top hole and middle hole, the red went to the bottom. Still can't get power here either.
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You may have use an outlet that has the tab snapped off between the power screws---is this a used outlet?
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The only way to have power to the top and not the bottom is to break the tab on one side. There is a tab between the screws on both sides. If one of them is broke off then one half will not have power.

Replace the receptacle with a new one that has the tabs. Do not use the push in connections. Use the screw connections.
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It is not unheard of for the tab (there's one on the neutral or silver side also) to fracture partially. If that happens the usual thing to do is discard that receptacle unit and buy another. But for those who don't like to waste, you can cut two pigtails, attach one to each screw, and wire nut on the wire that used to be connected to one of the screws.

No, using one backstab hole will not work either (to power both receptacles) if the tab got fractured or removed.


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