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Old 10-01-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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switched outlet's

Not the sharpest knive in the sock drawer so here goes. Recently repainted room that had 5 outlets, one half of each outlet was switched. I replaced all outlets one at a time no I wouldn't get confused with wireing setup. Switched outlets didn't work so searched the internet and found I should have cut the connection between the brass terminals. Did all except 1 behind bed. tested outlets on either side of the hidden outlet and still no joy. Is that the culprit?

wireing is the following.

1st outlet in room has 1red 1white and 1yellow

2nd, 4th and I assume 3rd that I can't get to have 2 of each color

5th outlet has 2 reds 2whites and 1 yellow
switch has 1 of each with white and yellow on same terminal, same as 1st outlet in room.

Shouldn't be this difficult , any help appreciated. All outlets have power full time.


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Old 10-01-2011, 12:02 PM   #2
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Do they now still all have power all of the time?

Start over with your description, with a separate paragraph for each outlet and what wires are connected where. (not groups such as "second and third are like this".)

Be sure that wire ends are curved to wrap around the screws but not sticking out to touch the next screw or nearby metal not under the proper screw.

You're sure you snapped off the metal tabs connecting screw terminals next to each other in the same way the old receptacle (outlet) units were done?


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Old 10-01-2011, 12:03 PM   #3
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The 1 receptacle that you did not remove the brass tab is back feeding to the other receptacles. Break the tab in that 5th receptacle.
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Rjniles, that was the answer. Thanks alot.
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