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Old 08-25-2011, 12:29 PM   #1
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Help! Shock!

I have a light switch that needs to be replaced immediatly along with an outlet that a prong has fallen INTO it. The lightswitch is worn/shorted out. It pops and sparks when flipped/even when left alone it buzzes. It controls the bottom half of a switched outlet. I can't leave the breaker off as it controls the fridge too.

Please help me replace this outlet and switch. I know this wiring isn't right. The backstabs AND the screw is being used on both.

Here is the switch and outlet I am trying to replace. And I am putting in a heavy duty new switch and outlet, without the cheap backstabs. Where do the wires go??


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The two blacks on the switch are power in and power out. I would pigtail a short length of black to those two and make one connection to the switch. The red will go on the other screw.

Make the connections on the receptacle the same as the old. Pay attention to the tab between the brass screws. It has probably been removed.


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