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Old 10-14-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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Outlet stays charged even when the wall switch is off?

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Outlet stays charged even when the wall switch is off?

has outlet ever been controlled by said switch??

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it is just been installed. Example for a fan. Think handyman did not connect the hot black from the outlet
to the switch wire that controls the 4 way bulbs vanity light? Maybe should be ganged together?
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How are you determing the outlet is hot? Voltmeter or one of those pen's that light up when it detects voltage?

Can you post a pic of the outlet and wires inside?
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It would help if you were a bit more concise. I thought you were talking about a wall receptacle to turn on a light but it seems you are referring to a bathroom vent fan and vanity lights. Why wouldn't the receptacle stay hot?
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It is just a 3 slotted wall outlet. You could put a electric fan, razor, lamp
or whatever. This outlet is always charged, even when you cut off at the wall
switch that controls the vanity lights above the vanity cabinet.
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so the outlet pictured above use to be able to be turned off by the switch that controls the vanity lights above the vanity cabinet, but now the outlet pictured above cannot be turned off by the switch that controls the vanity lights above the vanity cabinet.


Is this it?
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If this is your bathroom plug its all wrong to begin with. Secondly I don't see a point in having a switched receptacle in a washroom. He most likely did you a favour. Third you hired a handyman to do electrical work and while some know their stuff well most don't have a clue. It's a simple fix to get it switched again but would need pictures of the switch location wiring and the plug location wiring.
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Tell your handyman to come back and put a gfci plug there before someone gets hurt.
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Tell your handyman to come back and put a gfci plug there before someone gets hurt.
No, get a real electrician in there instead of some hack handyman.
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Isn't this the way it is supposed to be?
I thought the main reason to have an outlet controlled by a switch was so you could plug in a lamp and turn a light on or off from the door way.
If your switch already controls a vanity light, there is no reason for it to control the outlet.
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Isn't this the way it is supposed to be?
I thought the main reason to have an outlet controlled by a switch was so you could plug in a lamp and turn a light on or off from the door way.
If your switch already controls a vanity light, there is no reason for it to control the outlet.
Not to mention the fact that because its in a washroom it should be gfci protected. Unless of course its a massive bathroom that just happens to have a plug outside the gfci clearance area.
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Unless of course its a massive bathroom that just happens to have a plug outside the gfci clearance area.
In the US there is no "clearance area".

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