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10:26AM | 06/24/02
Member Since: 06/23/02
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We recently replaced the outlets in our townhouse (they were very old and covered in paint). We have one outlet in our room that half is controlled by the wall switch. After changing the outlet this feature no longer works. The outlet works just like a normal outlet but it doesn't register the switch. We were really careful to attach the wires in the same places as on the old outlet. Any suggestions?? We're "in the dark" on this one.

Jim D

11:39PM | 06/24/02
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Hi, it sounds like your old outlet had been modified to perform as you indicated. Were there a couple sets of wires running to it, like 1 set to the top screws (on each side of the upper outlet) and 1 set to the bottom screws (on each side of the lower outlet)? If so, then it's possible your old outlet had the metal strap running between the upper and lower outlet screws cut, so they were electrically isolated from each other. If you still have the old outlet, you can probably verify that visually, or with a volt-ohmmeter.

You may need to go back to your electrical parts supply store, Home Depot, Lowe's, or wherever you bought your replacement outlets and ask them for one that'll do what you want. Take your old one with you if it's available, for comparison purposes. The people there may be able to quickly check it out and then tell you if a similar item is available, or if the version you bought can be SAFELY modified to work.

I hope this helps some. Good Luck!

Jim D/Heathsville, VA


06:39AM | 06/25/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Yes, sounds like you didn't break the tab.
How is the new outlet wired?

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