Old 01-24-04, 05:58 AM
Larry R
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All six of my living rooms receptacles top plug ins are controlled by a wall switch. Is there a method to reduce the number of recepacles controlled by the switch to one?

Your imput would be greatly appreciated.
Old 01-24-04, 06:27 AM
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The best way is to replace all the receptacles but the one you want switched.
To do this you need to identify the unswitched hot wire(usually the black), use this to feed the receptacle and cap off the switched wire(usually red).
The wires are fed on two terminal on the receptacle. The gold screws are the hots. The terminals are common with half the receptacles, so the top screw feeds the top half of the receptacle.
There is a small tab of metal joining the two screws. To switch half the receptacle the tab is broken off.

Another way is to strip the hot wire longer and wrap it around both screws but I am not keen on this method. Besides, unless the house is new replacing the receptacles is not the worst thing you could do. They do wear out if used at all.

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