Help On Wiring - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-03-2005, 07:47 PM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

help on wiring

Hiya. I am attempting something that I probably should not but at any rate, I am being safe. Bear with my vocabulary as it is not very electricaly technical! The main wire (with black , white and red wires) comes in to a box with three light switches. The three light switches seem to be all randomly connected (blacks together and whites together) There is one wire coming out of this pile into an outlet (it works fine). I want to install a second outlet. (The first outlet is already going out to another outlet so no more room to connect there ( I connect them all together with marrettes?). Whatever. I went from the light switch box into my other outlet (technically the third from the light switch box) BUT....(here's my problem)....If I connect black on one side and white on the other (of the outlet) the only outlet that works is the one that the black is on. I have tried doing some switching around but....what have I missed?


Rach005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2005, 10:25 PM   #2
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 430
Rewards Points: 250

When you say "the only outlet that works.." do you mean that the other outlets on the circuit stop working? or that only one of the two receptacles on the new outlet is working? If the second, then perhaps you have used a 'split' receptacle for use in a kitchen? Anyhow, I'm NOT an electrician so wait for some real advice, good luck.


Bonus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2005, 10:28 PM   #3
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Hiya and yes.....I finally figured it out (but thanks anyways) I was infact using a split receptacle and had not noticed. I chucked it, replaced it and all works fine now. Will keep this forum in my favorites!
Rach005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2005, 10:12 AM   #4
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 59
Rewards Points: 75

Re: Help on wiring


You say you got things working but I have a couple of questions. Is this in a kitchen? The red wire has got me thinking. Where does the red wire connect to in the light switch box? Does it connect, or has someone just used a three conductor wire with the red unconnected? Another thing that got me thinking is that you said you found a split receptacle and chucked it. Split receptacles are a must in a kitchen for countertop receptacles where you would use electric kettles, toasters etc.
'Andyman is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Basic Switch wiring question; Dimmer to Toggle switch (Pictures included) inspectator Electrical 8 08-07-2007 01:19 AM
Replacing wiring in middle of run, ungrounded lighting circuit alexz Electrical 3 07-05-2007 08:53 PM
Trane Heat Pump tstat replacement with Honeywell prog - wiring question sep23 HVAC 2 10-20-2006 09:10 PM
Knob & Tube wiring - How concerned should we be? hotdiggitydog Electrical 6 04-11-2006 07:52 PM
Garage - Protecting wiring installation eastment Electrical 4 11-26-2005 11:52 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1