Help. Wall outlet

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Old 09-27-13, 01:25 PM
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Help. Wall outlet

I'm replacing a wall outlet and when I took off the faceplate I found that the old outlet has two black wires connected to the load side and one white wire connected to the other side. Not sure if I should connect the new outlet the same way. I also noticed a place on the old outlet that has signs of arching. Please help
 
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Old 09-27-13, 01:53 PM
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The proper thing to do would be to connect the two black wires together and add a short piece of wire, called a tail, and connect it to the receptacle. The three wire splice would be capped with a wirenut.

It's hard to help on the arcing part. Looking at the receptacle where is the arc mark ? What could it arc to ?
 
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Old 09-27-13, 04:04 PM
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I'm replacing a wall outlet and when I took off the faceplate I found that the old outlet has two black wires connected to the load side and one white wire connected to the other side.
A duplex receptacle has no load side.
 
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Old 09-27-13, 05:45 PM
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Is this conduit? Is there a switch? If cable where's the other white.
 
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Look to see it there's a tab broken off on one side of that outlet. The tab connects the top and bottom of the outlet.
Often done to create a "switched" outlet.
One side can be hot all the time and the other side can turned on and off with a switch to operate something like a table or pole lamp.
 
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