Need to rewire outlet for disposal/dw

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Old 04-22-06, 12:17 PM
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Need to rewire outlet for disposal/dw

My garbage disposal is plugged into an outlet under the sink. I'd like to plug the dishwasher into the same outlet, but the problem is the entire outlet is switched.

I'd like to know if it's possible to make one outlet hot all the time.

There are two pairs of wires running to the outlet. The outlet has one white wire (from pair #1) and one black wire (from pair #2) connected to it.

The remaining wires are connected together with a wire nut.

Is there any way to make the other plug hot all the time with these wires?
 
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Old 04-22-06, 12:32 PM
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> I'd like to know if it's possible to make one outlet hot all the time.
Yes. Specifically, your outlet is a duplex receptacle.


> There are two pairs of wires running to the <s>outlet</s> receptacle.
> The <s>outlet</s> receptacle has one white wire (from pair #1) and
That's the supply.

> one black wire (from pair #2) connected to it.
That's from the switch leg.

> The remaining wires are connected together with a wire nut.
One black and one white.

> Is there any way to make the other <s>plug</s> receptacle hot all the time with these wires?
Yes.

Turn the breaker OFF.

Unscrew the receptacle and pull it from the box.

Break the tab off the receptacle on the brass (gold) side (where the black wire is attached).

Land another black wire about 6" long on the unused brass screw. That half of the receptacle will always be hot.

Where the one black and one white are together under a wire nut, you need to mark that white some other color such as red, black, or blue with a marker or paint.

Take the wire nut off.

Add the new black wire with those two.

Put the wire nut back on.

Put it all back together.

Turn the breaker ON.
 
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Thanks for the info and the quick response!
 
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