02:51PM | 08/19/01
Member Since: 08/18/01
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Ok, Señor Handiman, here are dos situaciones:

N√∫mero Uno: There's 3 electrical 2-plug-in outlets in my room (where U plug electrical appliances - one on each wall).
-I want to change the middle plug-in outlet to a plug-in/on-off switch outlet.
-How can I do that (keeping in mind that that middle outlet will take the "electricity" from the first outlet and send that "electricity" to the third and final outlet)?

N√∫mero Dos: The same business in another room but I want to change the THIRD outlet to a plug-in/on-off switch.

Hope U understand the questions.

Muchas Gracias for your help.


04:58AM | 08/20/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
No problem. You can buy a direct replacement for the current outlet that does that. That is, assuming I fully understand your requirement - I believe you want one of the outlets in the circuit to become "switched" and the switch to be at the outlet, not on the wall. And the remaining outlets in the circuit to be unaffected. If that's it, you can buy an outlet/switch combination that does exactly that and fits into the existing box. It will have only one jack because the other is replaced by the switch. And the wiring can continue on to the remaining outlets on the circuit - no problem. Go to a good hardware store and get it.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited August 20, 2001).]


11:10AM | 08/20/01
Member Since: 08/18/01
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Gracias amigo for the answer.

I have the outlets what I need is wiring help, how can I make the wiring (white-live, black-ground)?

Again, thanks for your help.


04:23AM | 08/21/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
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The black hot wire(s) goes on the gold connector. The white neutral wire(s) goes on the silver connector. The bare ground wire goes on the green screw.
You may have 2 black, 2 white, and 2 ground or you may have them as continuous wires that have a small part stripped and connected to the gold and silver connector screws, or just one of each. Any of these is OK.
You can look at the wires on the other outlets in this circuit to see how it's done.
If you have some other combination of wires than 1 or 2 black, 1 or 2 white, and 1 or 2 ground (sometimes there's a red) then you'll need to describe what's there - and what isn't.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited August 21, 2001).]

Christopher Sparks

05:30PM | 08/22/01
Member Since: 08/09/01
29 lifetime posts

>>I have the outlets what I need is wiring help, how can I make the wiring (white-live, black-ground)?<<

Why on earth would you want to do this?
When it comes to wiring a receptacle your ungrounded conductor is black (somtimes red, brass screw, smaller of the two slots) and your grounded conductor is white (silver screw, larger of the two slots).
They do it this way for "Polarity" on those small alliances that are "double insulated" (not requiring a grounding conductor)


08:00AM | 08/27/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
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In Home Depot yesterday I saw a switched outlet that you just plug into the existing outlet. That would be the simplest solution yet. No wiring to do.


04:43PM | 08/27/01
Member Since: 08/18/01
3 lifetime posts
Muchas Gracias amigo rpxlpx for your answer(s). Will check in Home Depot here on my area for that switch. Anything I can help U (I'm into computers) do not hesitate to contact me. Again Gracias.
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