||11-21-2010 08:48 PM
Switched Receptacle Question
I tried to replace a worn-out receptacle today, but am having a small problem, which I am sure is quite simple for anyone but a novice like myself. The top half of the receptacle is controlled by a wall switch.
On the brass terminal side, the old receptacle had a red wire connected to one of the two upper push-in slots, and two black wires connected to the two lower push-in slots. There were two white wires connected to the push-in slots on the silver terminal side of the receptacle.
Since this is a switched receptacle, I guess I need to remove the connector tab between the top and bottom halves of the receptacle. But my new receptacle only has one push-in slot -- I usually prefer to use the terminals anyway. If I connect the red wire to the upper brass terminal, how do I connect both black wires to the lower terminal? Use a jumper from the lower brass terminal and connect the black wires with a wire nut?
Thanks for your help.