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Old 04-17-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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inoperable wall switch


have a wall switch with three sets of cabled wires entering it. Switch appears to be tied into living room outlets circuit as the black wires are dead when living room circuit breaker is tripped. However switch position does not affect status of any outlet (all outlets are operable irrespective of position of switch). The three hot (black) wires are tied together, capped then connected to the switch. The three neutral (white) are tied together and capped. One of the incoming cables has a traveler (red) wire which is attached to the switch. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:24 PM   #2
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Have you tried the top AND bottom outlets on each receptacle to verify that only half of an outlet(s) are switched? If they fed an outlet with a 3-wire cable (one going through the switch, one not) that is likely the case.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:03 PM   #3
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yes...checked outlet power for each half of each outlet with switch in both positions. all outlets are fully operable.
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Someone probably swapped one or more receptacles in the room and did not break the tab off where required. Do you know which receptacle is supposed to be controlled by the switch? With the power off open it and tell us the wire connections. If more than one receptacle was controlled then the problem could be at any or all of them.
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five receptacles in the room. First one has just one black wire. Second, third and fourth have red wire and black wire on one side with tab in place. Fifth receptacle has two black wires. Thanks, again, for your help.
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Break the tab between the red and black wires on the three receptacles. Break only the tab on the gold screw not the tab on the silver screw.
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removed the tabs as instructed; restored power and flicked the switch...let there be light! thanks for your help
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