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Old 01-09-2011, 07:31 PM   #16
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More work, and the next person may not know how wired, which we are seeing a lot with some of the postings on here, when they ask how to fix something, just like the OP posted. I rarely use outlets as pass-through, because as stated before, that is how I was taught both by my father & how we did it onboard my ship for 120vac outlets.

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More work, and the next person may not know how wired, which we are seeing a lot with some of the postings on here, when they ask how to fix something, just like the OP posted. I rarely use outlets as pass-through, because as stated before, that is how I was taught both by my father & how we did it onboard my ship for 120vac outlets.

I understand you do it cause it's how you were tuaght and there's nothing wrong with that, but i just dont see how its more work to pass-through. However either way is right, so to each his own!
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You will need to find the romex for the switch. Make sure that you color the white from it with a black sharpie to distinguish that it is a Black. The true black of the romex from the switch would go to the brass screw on the outlet, the white which is now colored with the sharpie connects to the black hot feed, with a pigtail going to the outlet. This means that both halves of the outlet are controlled by the switch.

If you are only wanting one half of the outlet controlled by the switch, you would have the white from the hot feed on the top half of the outlet (make sure you break the tab on hot side of the outlet), Black from the hot feed would be in a "pigtail" with the white (colored with the black sharpie), pigtail connects to top brass screw. The black from the switch would connect to the bottom brass screw (this means that the ground would be on the bottom when looking at the outlet).

So in review, white from the hot feed to the silver screw, black feeds the pigtail of the wire that goes to the top brass screw, and the white lead colored with the sharpie that goes to the switch, and black from the switch to the bottom brass screw. Again, go get Black & Decker's "The Complete Guide to Home Wiring". It has good diagrams of pretty much most light & outlet setups. The newest version after April will highlight the 2011 NEC.
ok this sounds good execpt when i first statred there wasnt any pig tails coming from switch to feed
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ok this sounds good execpt when i first statred there wasnt any pig tails coming from switch to feed
Pigtails are not required except on a MWBC

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