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Old 05-29-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Lightswitch-Outlet Wiring Help


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I have an outlet that I don't want to be turned on/off with the lightswitch on the wall. There is no overhead light in the room, the switch only controls the outlets. If it is possible, making one of the plugs in the outlet be controlled by the switch and the other not would be great, but I can settle with both being always on.

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The outlet with just the black and white tied in, is not switched is it?

Code requires at least one switched lighting outlet in each room.
This can either be a wall outlet or a ceiling outlet(light)

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Old 05-30-2013, 02:44 AM   #3
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1st: Get rid of both of those devices: switch and receptacle
2nd: What in the world sized (AWG) wires are those? They're huge looking.

In order to get a Half-switched receptacle, you will need to get a constant (un-switched) Hot wire to one of the BRASS terminals on the receptacle. Then, you'll want to get the switch leg (probably the Red wire) to the other Brass terminal.

Now, break off the Brass tab between the two Brass screws. (looks like the one shown has been done, so not sure why BOTH would be switched).

The neutral (WHITE) wire will be terminated on one of the SILVER screws on the other side of the receptacle. DO NOT break off the tab on that side.

DO NOT use the back-stab method in the new devices that was used in the current setup; Use the crew terminals.

BEFORE you remove any wires, please make a notation (draw a sketch) of where each wire (and its color) went to each of the receptacle and the switches. Perhaps a picture of each side of each device, in its current condition, would be better.Please reduce the sizes of the next pics, so we don't have to scroll all the way across the page

PS: Don't remove any of the wire-nuts from the currrent set up. Be sure that if there are any pigtails to leave them in place, ESP. on the switches.
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Remove the red wires from the receptacle and cap them together. Connect the black wire to the place of the red wire.
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Remove the red wires from the receptacle and cap them together. Connect the black wire to the place of the red wire.
I kinda went the long way around the barn, there, didn't I, Joe?!

Just do as Joed says.
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