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djcrewz 10-20-2005 11:50 PM

simple question
I'm trying to wire a quad box which normally would be a simple task, as always I have to go and screw things up by trying to get fancy lol. Essentially I purchased a combination device as the second recepticle. I saw the switch and thought it would be great to effectively shut the power off to a single receptical while keeping the other 2 in series still operational. So now I've had to reset the power to my circuit breaker twice cuz I've apparently done something wrong. Any assistance would be appreciated.

jbfan 10-22-2005 09:58 AM

Frist you have to let us know how you wired what you wired. Then you have to tell us what you where trying to do.

djcrewz 10-22-2005 11:28 AM

quad box
Hey jbfan, thanks for your response. Here's what's going on, I've got the main line coming into the quad box. I'm putting 2 recepticles into this box. I run the line into the first recepticle with the black on one side and the white on the other.

Here's where it gets tricky, I'm then trying to jump into the combination device. The combination device has 4 screws, 2 on each side. The top of the combination device is a switch, the bottom one is the recepticle.

What I want the end product to do is have the combination device switch control the adjoining recepticle ONLY.

I've mocked up a word document with a rough schematic if anyone wants me to email it to them.

Thanks in advance

Sportbilly 10-22-2005 05:59 PM

Pigtail two blacks (or reds, whichever you have) off the incoming hot.

Pigtail two whites onto the incoming neutral.

Pigtail two greens onto the incoming ground wire

Put one of the hot pigtails in the hot side of the duplex receptacle. Put the other on one side of the switch.

Run another hot from the other side of the switch to the hot side of the single receptacle.

Attach the two neutrals, one to the neutral side of each receptacle.

Ground each device with the greens.

djcrewz 10-22-2005 11:40 PM

Day 3 and 4 tripped breakers later
Here's my email address, someone please email me so I can forward a drawing of what I am talking about. I appreciate the feedback I've had so far but it has not been the answer. Someone who has some experience with combination device recepticles please.

And thank you in advance

Sportbilly 10-25-2005 04:49 AM

What I described above, is duplex receptacle on one side, always on. A single receptacle on the other, switched by the attached switch. Isn't this what you want?

Mike Swearingen 10-25-2005 06:43 AM

Sportbilly has answered your question.
Maybe this will help you a bit more. The hots (black or red) go on the brass screws, the neutrals (white) go on the silver screws, and the grounds (bare or green) go on the green screws. Try that.
Good Luck!

jbfan 10-25-2005 11:01 AM

I have taken care of him thru emails and pics.

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