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Why is Only Half of the Outlet Working

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire a Half Hot Outlet and Switched Outlet: I have a problem with a duplex receptacle where the upper plug does not have power but the lower half does.

How a Switched Outlet Works

Electrical Question: I have a problem with a duplex receptacle where the upper plug does not have power but the lower half does.

Please advise.

This electrical question came from Ron, in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Ron.

How to Wire a Half Hot Outlet and Switched Outlet

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Application: Wiring for a Half Hot Switched Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best Installed by a Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Specific to the scope of the work and the condition of the home and project. Electricians Tools, including Pouch of Hand Tools, Power Tools, Drill motor and Auger Drill Bits and Extension Cords, and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical wiring.
Precaution: Identify the circuit power source at the panel, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before installing wiring or working or making connections.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have required inspections

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