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Old 04-30-13, 06:30 PM
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What were your results for the tests I requested in reply #30:
Pigtail the red wires as is best practice. Do the same for the black wires and the white wires. Using a multimeter measure the voltage between the white pigtail and the red pigtail and the black pigtail with the switch off.
 
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Old 05-01-13, 03:59 PM
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Both wires, black and red, are hot, showing 124 V on the meter. No matter how I turn the switch.
Doesn't make any sense for me.
 
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Here are two new pictures after I replaced the switch for the receptacle.
All for wires are hot and showing 124 V.
The new switch has always 124 V no matter if I turn it on or off.
Measured red/black wire on white with a FUKE meter.

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Just to review the switch box:
  • Is it correct that you have one 3-conductor cable that when disconnected completely measures 0 volts between either the red or black to the disconnected white of the cable?
  • Is it correct you have a 2-conductor cable that when completely disconnected measures 120 volts between black and white?
  • is it correct you have a second 2-conductor cable whose black goes to the other switch that when completely disconnected reads 0 volts between white and black.
 
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Old 05-01-13, 04:44 PM
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The wiring in the switch box doesn't show clearly enough in your picture to determine how it is done. Is there one 2-conductor power feed from the panel and one 3-conductor load feed for the receptacles in the switch box? all power tests need to be made with the devices disconnected.

With the switches in place, disconnect the wires and measure the power at the receptacle.
 
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OMG. I got it. After reading all of your posts over and over again, it was like someone opened a door and bright daylight came into my head and it made pop and I saw the clear blue sky. I understood what you were trying to tell/teach me.
I got it figured out now.

Thank you so much. You guys are so awesome and great having so much patient for a stupid guy like me.
 
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Old 05-01-13, 06:00 PM
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I got it figured out now.
Well, it's about time!

Just kidding!!.. Glad you got it.
 
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Old 05-01-13, 06:04 PM
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Now you can start studying for your Journeyman's license. Seriously what was your mistake? It might help some future reader of this thread.

P.S. Good going!
 
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I couldn't figure out that only one of the double outlet was turn/switchable with the red wire until I have drawn the whole scenatio to paper. Sometimes it helps picturing things better. lol

Thank you again.
 
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Yes, drawing it is a good way.
 
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