Disconnecting an outlet from a wall switch


Old 08-07-05, 12:32 PM
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Disconnecting an outlet from a wall switch

I have a lightswitch in my bedroom that controls both track lighting and the outlet behind my bed. Since that oultet is ideal for an alarm clock, I want to disconnect the outlet from the switch and keep the lights connected to it. What to I need to do?

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Old 08-07-05, 12:55 PM
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Depending on how the track lighting was wired you may or may not be able to do this without replacing a wire.

With the power off, open up the switch and the receptacle and examine the wiring.

Report back here on ALL the wires (everything, not just what is connected to the switch or receptacle) in each location and how they are connected (to each other, to the receptacle and to the switch).
Old 08-07-05, 03:51 PM
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At the outlet, are both sides controlled by the switch? If only 1/2 of the outlet is switched, the job is easy.

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