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TWRS0ZL

05:21PM | 12/29/04
Member Since: 12/28/04
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Bvelectrical
3 pieces of 2 wire sheathed electrical cable coming into the outlet box. 1 black is hot. one black, one white to a switch. The switch white and black along with the hot black were wirenutted together with a pigtail to the outlet. another black and white on their respective terminals. switched out the outlet; it now shorts only when the switch wires are connected. could this be because the tab wasn't broken? The switch only controlled 1 outlet in the receptical.

Wireman

06:31PM | 12/29/04
Member Since: 12/19/04
62 lifetime posts
In the outlet box, tie together the white wire going to the switch, the hot wire and add a pigtail that goes to the outlet and remove the tie between the outlets.

Terminate the white wire that is with the cable containing the hot conductor to the neutral side of the outlet.

Terminate the black wire from the switch to the other termination on the outlet that was split from the hot wire.

To meet code you should use a black marker and make the white wire from the switch black. This way you will prevent someone in the future from tieing this white wire to the neutral and getting a short whenever the switch is turned on.

Hope this helps. Otherwise ask again.

Ron

TWRS0ZL

09:06AM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 12/28/04
4 lifetime posts
Ron:

Another dilemma in his box has reared its head. Here's the setup:

3 2 wire sheathed electrical cable cables into the outlet box. 1 is hot, 1 is the switch, and one feeds another room. I identified the hot and the switch. When I check for continuity on all 3 pairs, the hot pair is dead, I get a constant reading (doesn't go from infinity to zero) on another pair, and the switch pair reads when the switch is on, but doesn't when it's off. No matter what combination of blacks I tie together (even leaving the switch out of the mix), the breaker won't flip over. I have a digital of the box with the wires in question if it will help.

TWRS0ZL

10:28AM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 12/28/04
4 lifetime posts
more on this. I can get the outlet and switch to work, following your instructions above. The issue now is introducing the 3rd pair of wires, which, ostensibly, feeds the other 2 rooms on the circuit. If, as common sense dictates, I add the 3rd black to the hot pigtail and connect the last white to the neutral terminal, the breaker won't flip. On my digital multimeter set to >

TWRS0ZL

10:30AM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 12/28/04
4 lifetime posts
cont'd..

I get a constant reading of .398. I would suspect that I should just get a good continuity reading of .000, since these wires should be "dead until fed from this outlet's hot wire....

Wireman

01:31PM | 01/03/05
Member Since: 12/19/04
62 lifetime posts
Just hook the black to the pigtail hot and the white to the neutral and I am certain it will work. If you are using a digital meter you might be picking up inductance from another hot cable close to the wires you are testing. Or you are reading through something in the other room. Anyway, just hook it in as I stated above and you will be fine. Let me know if it solves your problem, otherwise we will attack it again.

Ron
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