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  1. #1
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    Jan 2008

    Default Outlet controlled by switch

    I have been replacing the outlets in my house and have encountered a problem getting the new outlet to be controlled by the wall switch in the room. The outlet has 3 sets of black and white wires coming in. I believe one set is the power supply, one continues to the next outlet, and the last set connects to the switch. What is the proper way to wire this outlet? Should I break the tab on the brass screw side? Any advice would be much appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Denver, CO

    Default Re: Outlet controlled by switch

    Really quick ‘cause I gotta run to a meeting.

    Break the tab brass side only.

    Black in and black out tie to the white going to the switch and pigtail to go to one screw, brass side of the duplex.

    The in and out whites tie to the screws silver side of the duplex or pigtail, either way will work.

    The black coming from the switch goes to the other brass screw.

    Electricians will often put these in the opposite way (upside down) to identify them as switched.

    Hope that gets you going in the right direction.

    Oh, the white to the switch really should be reidentified permanently with a color other than grey, green at both the duplex and the switch.

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