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cj9113

11:32AM | 08/30/09
Member Since: 01/13/07
13 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I have light switches that are not hooked to anything. when we turn them on they don't work. I don't know if it's hooked up the the breaker box. what i want to know if it's not hooked up to the breaker box can i hook it up to the outlet and make it work that way, by hooking a light to the outlet and make it work that way or is that a fire waiting to happen

Tom O

02:49PM | 08/30/09
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Frequently in residential work, switches can be used to control a receptacle. Usually, the tab that connects the top & bottom half off the receptacle (on the hot side) is broken off so that only 1/2 of the receptacle is switch controlled. If someone replaces the receptacle without breaking off the tab, then the entire receptacle is hot all the time & you end up with a mystery switch.

cj9113

05:03PM | 08/30/09
Member Since: 01/13/07
13 lifetime posts
what do you mean by breaking off the tab. I bought the house and everything was new in the house so what do I have to do to see what you are talking about. I know thee is no power going to it cause I have tested it and nothing

LarryG

02:52AM | 08/31/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
526 lifetime posts
"I bought the house and everything was new in the house"

there you go.somebody "flipped"the house and goofed up the wiring.

cj9113

06:10AM | 09/07/09
Member Since: 01/13/07
13 lifetime posts
so what do i do to fix it. all the utlets work it's just the switches in two of the rooms. help please

LarryG

02:01PM | 09/07/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
526 lifetime posts
we were just guessing that someone replaced the recepticals and failed to note that the tab across the hots needed to be removed.

i see it happen all the time.

cj9113

12:01PM | 09/13/09
Member Since: 01/13/07
13 lifetime posts
what do you mean the tab across the hot needs to be removed??

LarryG

03:01AM | 09/14/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
526 lifetime posts
every duplex receptical has a snapoff tab across the hot screws that can be removed if you need to isolate one from the other for any reason.
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