Not sure what is wrong with this config?


Old 09-29-19, 09:10 AM
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Not sure what is wrong with this config?

Hi folks,

In replacing a plug in my kitchen today, I removed the old plug and added a new one ... making sure to put all wires back in the exact place and order they were previously ( red and black on right side ... white on left ... ground in the green spot ).

But, when I flipped on the breaker back on, it made a popping sound and clicked back off right away. Normally I don't dabble much in electrical unless I'm simply replacing something that was already there, so I'm not sure what is wrong with this configuration.

Anyone able to tell by looking at pics? I've attached the new installed plug as well as the old plug.

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Old 09-29-19, 09:18 AM
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Was the brass tab between the screws broken out on the old device? If so, break the same tab out on the new receptacle.

the wires should go clockwise around the screws. Under the NEC any receptacle serving the countertop should have gfi protection.

Are you in Canada?
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Ty ... and I was just reading about that on a DIY site. I can't tell if the old one was broken out, but it sounds like exactly what my issue is.

Before you make any wire connections to the outlet, you must break or remove the bonding plate between the two brass terminals. The safest option is to remove the screws, lift out the plate and replace the screws. That way, you eliminate any possibility of arcing between the two terminal screws.
I'll try this now.
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You likely need to break off that tab on the hot side ONLY. There is 240v across the red and black wires. Verify by looking at old receptacle

oops. I typed too slow.

also, is this a double breaker that tripped?🔥
if not, you need to find another breaker that will kill the other circuit!!
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Split wired kitchen receptacle typical of a Canadian kitchen. As stated, cut the tab between the gold screws(black and red wire). Final confirmation of this is a double pole breaker supplying this receptacle.
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The tab was broken off the brass/hot side of the old receptacle.

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