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furniture man 03-06-2011 08:11 AM

replacing old receptacles with new decora on a 3 way light switch
 
I am trying to replace two receptacles that work with 2 light switches. The old round receptacles were upside down in the room and are supposed to be used with lamps. I bought 2 switches that were for 1 light and 2 locations. I was told by the guy at Lowes that the receptacles that I use are standard, only that I need to break off a metal tab between the outlets in order for them to work. I did this and my receptacles stay hot - they will not turn off with the light switches. What am I doing wrong?

darren 03-06-2011 08:17 AM

Did you break off the silver or brass tab.

furniture man 03-06-2011 08:19 AM

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Originally Posted by darren (Post 603487)
Did you break off the silver or brass tab.

I broke off both tabs - one on each side

joed 03-06-2011 08:23 AM

IF the receptacle is only half switched then you break off the gold tab. If the both plugs are switched on the receptacle then you don't break off any tabs.


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