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Old 02-09-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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Removing swamp cooler control


The swamp cooler that was on the roof of my house has been removed for years, but the receptacle with the rotary knob that controlled it has remained an eyesore inside the house so i attempted to remove it.

From the breaker:

Breaker-->swamp cooler receptacle with rotary knob-->wall switch-->outlet.

After removing the faceplate of the swamp cooler control, I found 4 leads connected to the now useless device, 2 hot (black) and 2 neutral (white). I naively snipped all 4 and now the final outlet on the circuit does not work. Obviously, I've interrupted the continuity of the circuit and I'm wondering how to go about dealing with the unused leads from the former swamp cooler receptacle. Using my multimeter I've found continuity between any combination of the 2 hot leads and 1 neutral lead, but i cannot find continuity using all combinations with the other neutral lead. Please excuse the rookie question or if I have termed something incorrectly. I would great appreciate solid advice.

Here's a few markings on the front of the rotary knob control that I removed:

"Ark-Les USA Und Lab Inc Insp"

15A. 125 VAC
7 1/2 A 250 VAC

There are 5 terminals on the back of the box from which I cut the leads.

They are labeled:

"1" <-- white lead
"2" <-- black lead
"C" <-- black lead
"L2" <-- white lead
"L1" <-- no lead

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Reconnect one hot, one neutral and one ground to the remaining receptacle with wire nuts. Use your meter to identify which wires are which. Put a cover on the unused box. Done.

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Reconnect one hot, one neutral and one ground to the remaining receptacle with wire nuts. Use your meter to identify which wires are which. Put a cover on the unused box. Done.
Or, you could --with the power off-- do a continuity test between the receptacle that isn't working and the wires in the box. Then proceed to connect Hot, Neutral and ground. (I'm a big fan of tracing the leads to the exact point of origin)!
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Much appreciated, guys. I actually had an electrician come out and take a look and he found several problems and corrected them.
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