Lighting and Wall Help

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Old 12-28-14, 10:43 AM
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Lighting and Wall Help

Long story. Bought my home with a almost completed basement. One of the wall outlets was not fully secured in the wall, and while I was working on something else my dogs were goofing off and hit the unsecure outlet. This caused a short and the lights in the basement went out. I replaced the outlet and when I flipped the breaker back on, success! Lights came back on, and the power to the outlet is fine. So after finishing this I went to turn off my lights via previously working switch , and the lights did not respond to the shut off. The only way to turn off the lights now is to flip the breaker.There are 2 sets of lights that were affected, one is working fine. The other is not, and I cant figure out why. I'm by no means a pro, but have done simple electrical jobs like this before. This particular set of lights has three switches in different places to use, all tested with my AC power tester and power is definitely going to the switch. I would appreciate any help or advice!
 
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Old 12-28-14, 10:58 AM
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I replaced the outlet and when I flipped the breaker back on, success! Lights came back on, and the power to the outlet is fine. So after finishing this I went to turn off my lights via previously working switch , and the lights did not respond to the shut off. The only way to turn off the lights now is to flip the breaker
You obviously didn't connect the new receptacle the same as the old one. What did you change?
 
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Old 12-28-14, 11:01 AM
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Look on the brass side of the old receptacle and see if the bridge tab is broken out. If so you need to break the tab out on the new receptacle.
 
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Old 12-28-14, 11:02 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Well sure there is power at the switches or the lights wouldn't work at all.
I'm thinking ceiling lights staying on...... not receptacle.
 
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Thanks for the reply. It does seem to be broken, only on the one side where the short happened. I have a picture of it, but I can't add it to reply. How would you advise breaking said tab?
 
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Old 12-28-14, 06:30 PM
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If you look at the second photo you can see the tab is missing between the screw and the hole for the screw.

Needle nose pliers can be used to bend the tab back and forth until it breaks out.
 
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Pcboss...thanks very much. Problem solved! Very much appreciated!
 
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Old 12-28-14, 07:46 PM
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Glad it worked out for you. Thanks for the feedback.
 
 

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