Red hot wire


Old 05-20-19, 02:05 PM
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Red hot wire

Im changing out some old 2 slot wall outlets for 3 slot outlets. The first 4 outlets i did were black (hot) and white (neutral) which i expected, but the 5th had a red wire on the hot side. I hooked the new outlet up the same way the old one was. Red on the brass screw, but im wondering why it was red.
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Old 05-20-19, 02:11 PM
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Is that outlet switch controlled?
Old 05-20-19, 02:12 PM
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It's possible that the red wire was from a different circuit.
Sometimes red is seen on a receptacle if it's switched by a wall switch.

Either way..... it's not uncommon to see a red wire there.
Old 05-20-19, 02:13 PM
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Not your question but the more important one:
Im changing out some old 2 slot wall outlets for 3 slot outlets
How are you grounding them or are you using the GFCI exception?

As to the red wire that would usually be switched. Was the brass tab removed?
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I want to begin changing out 2-prong outlets for 3-prong ones. I intend to run independent grounding wires from all of the outlets to the grounding busbar in the breaker panel. Can I link more than one together before reaching the panel?
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Yes. You can link 15,20,30 etc. amp circuits to the same ground wire as long as it is sized for the largest circuit.

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