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Really dumb question about electricity and receptacles

Does power flow THROUGH and outlet from HOT to NEUTRAL with nothing plugged in?

When you plug something in Does the power flow into the OUTLET from the HOT wire, through the appliance, and back through the neutral side of the plug and out the neutral wire creating a circuit?

Does it work similarly with a light?

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Also, I guess while I'm at it:

When Power comes into a half-hot outlet and there's a cable going up to a switch. Is the LOAD also flowing up to the switch along the HOT (black) wire just waiting for the switch to be CLOSED?

So if this is the case, then I assume that when the SWITCH is closed, that the POWER going to the switch flows through the switch and then back along the white (neutral) wire to the switched outlet?

Is this why the white wire should be taped black? Cause when the switch is CLOSED it becomes a hot wire?

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Old 01-16-17, 02:45 PM
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Is this why the white wire should be taped black? Cause when the switch is CLOSED it becomes a hot wire?
Yes. It should be remarked any time it's a white wire and it is not being used as a neutral.

Since this AC..... power travels both directions thru the circuit.
Typically it's said to travel from + to - or hot to neutral.
 
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Old 01-16-17, 02:48 PM
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Does power flow THROUGH and outlet from HOT to NEUTRAL with nothing plugged in?
No, there is no path but there may be current flowing to another receptacle that has a load.
Does it work similarly with a light?
A light is an outlet and if you have a load on an outlet current flows.
When Power comes into a half-hot outlet and there's a cable going up to a switch. Is the LOAD also flowing up to the switch along the HOT (black) wire just waiting for the switch to be CLOSED?
It doesn't flow till the switch is closed.
Is this why the white wire should be taped black? Cause when the switch is CLOSED it becomes a hot wire?
Yes. Note: White caries power to the switch and black carries it away. It must be marked on both ends. A coupel bands of tape, felt tip marker, colored liquid insulation. I say bands of tape not wrapped so it will be clear it is a marking and not a repair of bad insulation but that's just my opinion.
 
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Yes. Note: White caries power to the switch and black carries it away
On the HOT side of the outlet there's a black and a white and of course the TAB is broken since it's half-hot. So, if BLACK carries from the switch to the switched outlet, it should be attached to the switched outlet correct?

Then the white wire is coming in and hooked up to the ALWAYS HOT part of the outlet? So, if that's the case then that should be marked with a black mark?
 
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So, if BLACK carries from the switch to the switched outlet, it should be attached to the switched outlet correct?
Yes, the brass side. .
 
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There are no dumb questions about electricity, Unknowing can kill.
 
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