Old house receptacle replacement - correct wiring

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Old 06-10-06, 04:36 PM
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Old house receptacle replacement - correct wiring

I'm trying to replace a receptacle in an older (1939) house and have run into a problem regarding which wires connect where. (I know, I know. I should have examined the old receptacle before I pulled it out.) The box is set up as follows:
1) From top, 2 cables, each cable has 1 black and 1 white - all of these are neutral (i.e., not hot when the circuit is open). These were originally bound together, but I don't know which to which.
2) On the bottom, 1 cable with 2 blacks (one may have a hint of white; this is older fabric-varnish(?) cable), one is hot, one is neutral.

This box in on our screen porch and the circuit continues to our bedroom.

Thanks for any help you can give.
Paul
 
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Old 06-10-06, 05:10 PM
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Was this receptacle controlled by a switch? Was either tab broken on the old receptacle?

If no switch is involved and the old receptacle tabs are intact, then connect the white wires together with a wire nut and pigtail to a silver screw on the receptacle. Do likewise with the black wires, to a gold screw on the receptacle.

If you prefer, and to make it easier, you can connect one wire to the second screw on each side, or even make two sets of two wires for each color, pigtailing each to a screw.
 
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Old 06-10-06, 06:23 PM
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There is no switch and as far as I can tell, the tabs are
intact. (Both outlets were on the same circuit.) However, I have a
total of 6 non-ground wires as described in my original post. I think
the connections should be as follows, but wanted to verify:
1) the non-hot white wires from the top cables should be connected
together and pigtailed to a silver screw,
2) the non-hot black wires from the top cables should connected
together and pigtailed to a gold screw,
3) the non-hot 'black' from the bottom should be connected to the
second gold screw, and
4) the hot 'black' from the bottom cable should be connected to the
second silver screw.

Thanks again,
Paul
 
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Old 06-10-06, 07:19 PM
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4) the hot 'black' from the bottom cable should be connected to the second silver screw.
You never connect a hot wire to silver. Silver is only for neutral. You may wish to contact an electrician. You seem a bit fuzzy on electrical connections.
 
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Yoiur steps 3 and 4 are backwards. When you switch those instructions, you have what I told you.
 
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