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Old 01-24-2008, 08:26 PM   #31
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There is a white wire in a cable that is not attached to anything?

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Old 01-25-2008, 02:34 PM   #32
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Hi, Stubbie.

Yes, the electrician put back that extra white wire that I came across and just laid it there without attaching it to anything. When I first opened up that wall receptacle early last week, I saw this extra white wire and I wasn't sure if (a) I accidentally detached it from the receptable or (b) if it was just laying there. So I went ahead and attached it to the other white wire. Apparently, my doing that is what tripped the breaker.

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This is a basic wall outlet (I don't know if I described it properly in my initial post). Can you tell me where I need to break this tab that you're speaking of? And where is the tab located on this receptacle? When I removed the wires from the old receptacle, I noticed that there was one extra white wire that I didn't know where it should go, so I tied that extra white wire into the other white wire.

It was a costly mistake that I made in assuming what to do with this white wire. Not only did I have to hire an electrician for a couple of hours, but I also have to replace a bunch of receptacles where I cut the tab off as recommended (recommendations made not only here but at work as well). Regarding those receptacles that I cut the tab off, most now work either only at the top or at the bottom, but some don't work now at all. So that'll be a weekend project to replace all of those receptacles with the tab missing. But I'd have to say, it was definitely a learning experience. Back to your question about what happened to that white wire, what would YOU have done with that white wire???
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:50 PM   #33
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what would YOU have done with that white wire???


In a service call situation I would have PROBABLY let it alone. No harm, no foul.

If it were my house, I'd wanna know where it went so I could sleep at night. I don't like mystery wires.
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Old 01-25-2008, 05:43 PM   #34
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Ok I'm going to take a wild guess and say that someone ran a 3 conductor cable for a switch loop to switch the receptacles and only needed two wires the red and black so didn't use the white.

As for the tabs.
The reason I asked about whether the entire receptacle was switched or just half of it in post #27 was to head you off before you broke those tabs. But I was too late I guess in asking. You only break the tabs in your situation if you want only 1/2 of the duplex switched and the other half to stay always hot.

I think you are probably fine now

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