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Old 03-06-2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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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?

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Did you break off the silver or brass tab.

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Did you break off the silver or brass tab.
I broke off both tabs - one on each side
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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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