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Old 01-02-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Wiring an outlet to a switch, to a light


I've searched around and this
trying to wire a light and light switch off of an outlet
was the closest thing that I could find regarding my issue, however, the outlet is not last in the series. Hopefully I'll describe this well enough.

There is an outlet and a light that are currently hooked up to the same switch. We wanted only one of the receptacles on the outlet to be controlled by the switch. I broke the tabs off the switch and rewired everything the way it was before (description of wiring next), but now the outlet and light no longer work.

In the outlet box there are 6 wires. Two black (one is always hot) that are twisted together with a wire nut. One white wire (which is always hot, if the black are twisted together), a white and red wire, and a ground. The "always hot" white wire is in the bottom of the outlet, the other white and red wires are in the top of the outlet, and the ground is connected to the green screw.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Can we get some pictures and you said there's a switch what kind of wires in that box?

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I'm assuming when you say you broke the tabs off the switch you meant the outlet. Did you break off both tabs on the outlet? One on the hot side and one on the neutral side, if so that's probably the problem. You'll need to connect both neutral wires to both neutral screw terminals on the outlet. Probably the best way is just to connect 2 white wires to the outlet (top and bottom screw) and wire nut them with the wires from the wall.
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Thanks for the advice, I did in fact break both tabs off. I'm testing now to see if that was the issue.
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IF you broke both tabs off, you have disrupted the circuit. NEVER break off the neutral (white wire) tab, unless you have a separate circuit feed.

Now, you'll have to jumper those wires back together, or replace the device.
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Thank you for your comments, they led me to find this page:
http://www.electrical-online.com/wir...utlet-diagram/

The first outlet attached to the switch, is setup the same way as the way the one, on which I was working. I ended up needing to get an extra wire, but it now works.

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