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alohajam
Replacing old electircal outlet with a new one

See attached photos. I want to replace the old wall outlet and it has five wires. I don't know how to make the new outlet fit five wires. There are two black, two white, a red and a ground wire.

Please advise,

thank you,

Franklin CFJ Jackson

kentvw
Re: Replacing old electircal outlet with a new one

Was half of the old outlet controlled by a wall switch?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Replacing old electircal outlet with a new one

First look at your old outlet and see if this is true and I suspect that it is-

If it is true you have half the outlet being switched.

On the new outlet break and remove the tab between the two brass screws. When you make your connections make them on the screws, do not use the stab connectors on the back. Hook one whit wire on one silver screw and the other white wire on the other silver screw. Hook the red wire to one of the bress screws (usually on the top so the top half is switched). Wrap the end of a small length of black wire on the other screw strip te end and use a wire nut to connect it to the 2 black wires. Should look something like this

Jack

alohajam
Re: Replacing old electircal outlet with a new one
kentvw wrote:

Was half of the old outlet controlled by a wall switch?

Yes!

thanks

Franklin

kentvw
Re: Replacing old electircal outlet with a new one

If that is the case then Jack gave some great advice as to a proper rewire of your new receptacle. Just remember to break the tab off as he suggested.

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