||09-23-2012 05:25 PM
Switched Receptacle wiring advice required
I have an existing duplex receptacle in which both halves are switched (via a single switch). This is a middle of the run receptacle. It is currently wired as follows:
Coming in from the left (from another, unswitched outlet), there is one black (hot) and one White. From the right, there is one red (switched) and one black (hot). The white is attached to one of the neutral terminals and red to one of the hot terminals. Both tabs are still intact. The two black wires are connected via a wire nut. Thus, the switch turns on/off both outlets.
I'm trying to figure out how to have only half of the outlet switched. My guess is that i need to break the tab, connect hot to one half and the switched wire to the other. But this leaves me with a spare hot, which I assume needs to be connected to the other hot. So do i need to add a small piece of black wire so that the two exising hots and the new wire can be connected together via the wire nut?
Thanks for you help.