Wiring a switch with 3 sets of wires and controls outlets

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Old 08-22-17, 01:42 PM
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Wiring a switch with 3 sets of wires and controls outlets

Hello!

So I have a problem. The guy that owned my house before me was an idiot! And I am always correcting his work. Here is this issue I have now...

My family room has two switches that control the recessed lighting. Also, unfortunately, the switches also control outlets. I go to replace the one switch and I see 3 sets of wires coming in. Presumably: one hot, one to the recessed lighting, one to the outlets - but I don't know this is certainly what they are doing.

What I want to do: have the outlets stand alone (always hot, regardless of the switch) so that i can put a dimmer switch to control the recessed lighting.

What I need to know: How to decide which of the three wires goes where. And also How to make the outlets always hot.

Hope you all can help.

Thanks!!
 
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Old 08-22-17, 03:21 PM
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Are both halfs of the receptacle switched? What color wires are in the receptacle boxes?
 
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Old 08-22-17, 05:09 PM
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Set a) Black White Red Copper
Set B) Black White Copper
Set C) Black White Copper

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Is that the switch or the receptacle in your picture?
 
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That is the the switch. I don't know why the picture is rotated 90 Degrees. probably has something to do with me uploading it straight from my phone.

Also to answer your question i did not see originally... yes both halves of the receptacle are switched.
 
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And what color wires connected to the receptacle? What other wires in the receptacle box?
 
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The switch controls 3 outlets. 2 of the three receptacles have the standard Black, White, Copper. Just one set of wires for each of those two

The third has has two sets of wires. Each of these sets have one black one white one copper.
 
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Old 08-24-17, 05:04 PM
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Your description is not what I'd expect. I'd expect at least two of the receptacles to have two 2-conductor cables or a 2-conductor cable and a 3-conductor cable. Please tell us what cables are at the light.
 

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