light switch connecting wall outlets. helpme

Old 08-25-02, 02:49 PM
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light switch connecting wall outlets. helpme

ok............... so before i changed the outlet to the color white so it would look pretty for my wife. it worked fine. flick the switch and the lamp plugged in the wall outlet would go on... now i just blow the curcuit breakers..... the lamp works fine when i turn it on and off, but but if i flip the light switch like it was before............. bam... goes the breaker... the wiring right now for the wall outlet is two blacks and two white and a ground. the first pair of b/w are connected to blk to top brass and white to top silver, second pair of b/w are bottom blk to brass and bottom white to silver. Any help is much appreciated. I'm get to old for all these trips up and down 3 flights to the basement and back to turn back the breaker. oh yeah ps. right now i just have the light switch tied off, and taped with elec tape. thanks to all kkeck
Old 08-25-02, 03:07 PM
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You may have a 2-wire "Feed Cable" (FC) and a 2-wire Switch Cable (SC). Try this----seperate the wires and determine which one of the 2-wire cables is the Feed Cable (FC) by testing for voltage across the Black and White wires of each cable. The cable with voltage is the FC---Wire-nut the Black of the FC to the White wire of the Switch cable (SC)----connect a test lamp across the White of the FC and the Black of the SC- the 2 "loose" wires. The switch should control the test-lamp which is "acting" as the receptacle----Good Luck!!!!

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