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Electrical Wiring in the Home/switch doesn't operate any receptacles


i have a house i just purchased with a wall switches in 2 rooms that don't operate any wall receptacles. There is not any ceiling lights or fans in these rooms.   I tried all the receptacles with a light plugged in and the switch does not operate anything.    The wall switch only has a white and black wire attached. The white wire is not taped black.   How can i find out which wall receptacle is supposed  to operate from the switch.  None of the wall receptacles have a red wire.    None of the wall receptacles have the side tab broken.

There wouldn't be a red wire at the receptacle, as there is none at the  switch
White in switch leg does not have to be re-identified with tape
One outlet is probably wired wrong - find where the white wire is tied into the black wires in the box. Depending on how it was done, it was probably intended to control half of the receptacle, which has been replaced, but the tab was not broken out - first best guess
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Robert Wilber


Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.


Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair

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