Split recepticles don't work


Old 09-26-01, 04:28 AM
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In a bedroom we redecorated, we replaced all the switches and recepticles being very careful to put the wires to the same poles. All of the recepticles were split before this project. Right now, both the top and bottom outlets are hot, regardless of the switch position. I understand that I need to break the tab off between the brass screws to split the outlets. After breaking the tab on the recepticle directly under the controlling switch (a single pole switch), the switch still doesn't control the outlet. When I tested the wires at the switch (one black, one red) I found they were both hot. Is this right? Will the outlets only split after I have broken the tabs off of all the others or is there something wrong at the switch? It doesn't make sense to me that both wires at the switch would be hot all the time.
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Old 09-26-01, 06:23 AM
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All of the receptacles that had the tab broken before need the tab broken now or you will feed power from the hot side of the duplex (the side that is hot all the time regardless of the switch) thru to the other end of the duplex (the side that the switch is supposed to control)and it will then power the other wire of the switch. Breaking the tab on just one of the receptacles will not fix this...break all of the tabs on the outlets that the switch controls and you should then be OK.

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