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geocrash 11-26-2007 03:58 PM

Looking for help in testing why switched outlet is always hot
Hi, first off, I'm a total novice non-electrician-guy so bear with me as I am unfamiliar with most electrical lingo. Bought a place recently (built in '94) and switched out the outlets that were here - nothing big, just cosmetic stuff. I took special care to wire everything exactly the way that it was, just one-for-one switchouts. Now I've got a few outlets that were previously controlled by switches (top switched, bottom hot) but are now always hot - top and bottom. So, 2 questions: 1. Is there an easy way, or a tool that can help me to find out where the problem is - switch or outlet 2. Is having these outlets always hot a safety hazard? If there's no easy way to troubleshoot them (I definitely don't want to pay an electrician to come over and tackle something which I'm sure is probably a fairly simple issue), and if it's not a safety hazard, I'd just as soon leave them be and deal with the minor annoyance. Any help is much appreciated! Eric

NateHanson 11-26-2007 04:03 PM

You have to snap out a little metal tab between the hot posts on the sides of those receptacles that are switched.
When you rewired new receptacles just as the old ones looked, you probably didn't notice that the connection between the two gold colored screws had been removed from the original receptacles.

geocrash 11-26-2007 04:06 PM

wow - thanks for the quick reply! will try give it a shot and let you know!

geocrash 11-26-2007 07:15 PM

Nate, everything worked when I followed your suggestion, thanks so much again for the fast reply!


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