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so I just recently purchased a new home. In the main bedroom there are no over head lights just receptacles. All these receptacles power.there is a light switch in the room that has no power going to it. I assumed that the switch was to connect these. so i went about my way to break on tab off the receptacle(the brass screw side). now only 1 half of my receptacle works and none of the others one. and besides this the outlets in the adjacent room no longer work. I'm so confused, any help is appreciated.

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Why did you break the tabs off? Power probably goes to one screw through the tab to the other screw where the wire for the next receptacle is connected. Before removing any tabs you have to know how it is wired. It is always a good idea to never make assumptions about wiring without tracing the wires to be sure.
 

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My best guesses are:

  • Only half of one outlet is switched. If you didn't check both the top and bottom of each outlet, you missed it.:huh:
  • You have essentially interrupted the circuit by breaking off the tab on an outlet. You will either have to install a jumper across the 2 terminal screws, or replace that outlet to restore power to the rest of the circuit.:whistling2:
 

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without being there its pretty hard to figure out why there is no power to the switch


but on the receptacles, as its already been stated, power was going into one screw on it, and out the other. since you broke the tab off, now power is going in one side, and stopping there. Not making it to the other screw



this is why i pigtail everything out, makes troubleshooting 10x easier
 

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i'm still in there trouble shooting, i'm using a tester ( two leads with a light) and i get power across any of the two white ones to black wire A , but nothing from either of the white wires to black wire B.
 

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The reason there is no power to the switch may be because it was installed with the idea of adding a ceiling fan later.
Also, if you are using a light tester at the switch, it won't work unless you are measuring hot to ground. A tester of this sort won't work on a 2-wire switch loop.
 
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