Wall Switch Off Power to light still on

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by 1s, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. 1s

    1s New Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    I just changed an outlet (bottom plug was not working). The top plug worked with the wall switch on. After changing the outlet the wall switch doesn't control on/off power to the outlet anymore (I hooked up everything the same way). The new outlet I bought was the GE from Walmart (44 cent cheapo). Plug has power but is not controlled by wall switch anymore, did I do something wrong or purchase the wrong part, maybe wall switch is bad?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Well, first off, you get what you pay for...I'd not use those inexpensive outlets. But, you need to separate the hot inputs to the outlet. There's a little tab you can ben back and forth until it breaks. That will make each outlet separate, and your switch will be able to control one. Right now, regardless of where the switch is, because that tab is there, hot is connected to both outlets. If you have the old one, you should be able to see that tab was removed. Depending on how it was wired, you may or may not have to remove the neutral side's tab.
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  4. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

    Jun 15, 2007
    Heh heh. Rookie mistake.

    You didn't break the tab on the outlet (hot side).

    Look at it and THINK about it.
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