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Charles909

06:22AM | 05/31/06
Member Since: 05/30/06
3 lifetime posts
I have an oulet that is run off a switch and would like to make it so that only one part of the outlet is on the switch and the other part is constant. Can this be done and how? Thanks in advance for any help.

Billhart

06:54AM | 05/31/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Yes, you can do that. It is called spliting the receptacle.

On the hot you will see the two screw terminals and between them there is a brass bar, often with a slot in it.

Use pliers to snap off that brass bar and will allow the two halves to work independently.

HOWEVER, you will need to have both switched hot and alwasy hot available.

What is the wiring in that box? How many cables/conduit in the box? And how many wires in each one, the colors and what is connected to what?


Charles909

07:31AM | 05/31/06
Member Since: 05/30/06
3 lifetime posts
I have to go over to a friends house where the honey do project is. The situation is a 4 y/o house and the outlet is under the sink with the disposal plugged in. Friend wants to be able to use other outlet. I'll have to get back to you on the wire size and color. I'm sure it's the normal white black and ground. Thanks.

Charles909

12:26PM | 06/04/06
Member Since: 05/30/06
3 lifetime posts
There is one black one white and one copper wire going into the box. So I was wondering how to make both hot? Thanks

Billhart

02:40PM | 06/04/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
It needs to be rewired with a 3 wire cable (plus ground).

If this is in conduit then an additonal wire can be pulled.

Otherwise you are out of luck.

Electricans often have ways to add a run without damaging the surfaces, so you might want to have one check on doing this.




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