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Wiring a Switched or Half-Hot Outlet

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Wiring a Half Hot Switched Outlet: Question, I’m trying to wire my top outlet to be always hot and the bottom outlet to a switch.

Wiring for a Half Hot Switched Outlet Wiring

Electrical Question: I’m trying to wire my top outlet to be always hot and the bottom outlet to a switch.

This electrical wiring question came from: JB, a Homeowner from Lakewood, Washington.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question JB.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and electrical wiring.
Precaution: Identify the power source at the panel, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Materials: Make sure to use materials of the same amperage and voltage rating as the electrical circuit.

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