12:42PM | 09/26/09
Member Since: 06/29/07
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I am replacing a receptacle in my living room near my kitchen. The receptacle box has 2 hot, 2 neutral, 1 grounding, and a yellow wire. I have lost the original receptacle and have not found any other matching receptacles in the house to refer to.

How do I rewire the receptacle with the yellow wire? Is the yellow wire a 2nd grounding wire? Do I need a receptacle with 6 screw connections or will a 5 screw receptacle work?


06:26PM | 09/26/09
Member Since: 01/09/07
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How are you determining that there are 2 hot and 2 neutral in the box? Because 2 separate hot circuits coming into a living room box would be rather unusual. (Unless one of them is switch-controlled. Was the original receptacle split, with half of it controlled by a wall switch?)


05:17AM | 09/27/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
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open up some nearby wall switches and see if you can find the other end of the yellow wire,then note where it's connected to then post back.


03:34PM | 09/28/09
Member Since: 06/29/07
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This receptacle was not connected to a light switch. With input from a plumbing and electricity shop I connected the copper grounding wire to the yellow wire with a nut and pigtail. Afterward I connected the pigtail to the grounding green screw on the receptacle. My wiring tester marked the receptacle wiring as "correct" when I tested it.



04:30PM | 09/28/09
Member Since: 06/29/07
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I checked the nearest lightswitch connected to two separate sockets. Neither the lightswitch nor the receptacles had any yellow wiring. I think the way I rewired the yellow wire onto the receptacle is fine as is.



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