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Old 11-11-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Making switched outlet un-switched


Under my sink there is an outlet that the garbage disposal plugs into that is controlled by a switch. It is a duplex outlet, and both sockets are controlled by the switch. I want to add a dishwasher where there has never been one before. How can I make one of the sockets stay switched, but the other one always hot for the dishwasher ?

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You are best to pull the outlet out, then take a picture of the wires in there.

Then outlets have little "tabs" between the 2 screws on one side. Are you familiar with cutting that tab so the top and bottom outlets are no longer connected? And are you familiar with which is the hot side of the outlet and which is the neutral side?

Then do you know how many amps this circuit is? 15 or 20? It would say on the breaker.

Also do you know if that circuit goes only to the garbage disposal?

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Yes, I am familiar with the tabs to seperate the receptacles, and also know which is hot and nuetral. This circuit is 20 amp, I am not sure off hand if it is just for the disposal though, I will have to check that when I am home a little later.
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Yes, I am familiar with the tabs to seperate the receptacles, and also know which is hot and nuetral. This circuit is 20 amp, I am not sure off hand if it is just for the disposal though, I will have to check that when I am home a little later.
Does the power come into the switch first or the outlet first?
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If you only have two wires in receptacle box you can't do it without pulling a new cable. If you have two black and two white or a red wire then you can probably do it.
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If the power comes into the switch, you're SOL (unless you can easily run a 14/3 from the switch to the recept). If it comes into the receptacle first, you can do it.

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