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Old 03-15-2011, 11:16 PM   #1
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switches and outlets

I was replacing 2 separate outlets where the top plugs are controlled by a single switch. Once I followed the wiring correctly, the switch doesn't control anything and all 4 plugs are hot all the time. I want it so the 2 top plugs are controlled by the switch and the bottoms are always hot.
Found earlier post that I have to break off a tab--will look for that tomorrow and fix.
2nd problem: I have 2 switches on opposite walls that control 1 light. In that configuration, I have a single switch that controls an outside light. ALL the wires on the outside wall are black!!! Stupidly, I didn't pay attention when replacing the single switch for outside light. I now have an extra wire!!! When I hook it to the single switch, none of the light switches work. When I tried to hook it to the 2 switches connectors, it screws up my switch controlling the other lights. I have read my home improvement book, looked up diagrams online and nothing is making sense. My question is this---did I buy the wrong switch for my single switch that is housed with one of the 2 switch controls. The one I bought is much thinner than the other one it is housed with.


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Old 03-15-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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you need to break the tap. On the hot side of the receptacle there is a little tab between the 2 screws, removal of this tab will allow the outlets to be controlled indivually


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