Electrical Wiring in the Home/permanently remove wall plug


The wall plug I want to remove has three black wires one white and the ground. Two black on the gold side and one black and one white on the silver side. Can I cap each one separately  tape them and  then turn on the power  or do I have to bunch them together? If I bunch them do all three black wires go together.I never seen a plug like that.

I am not sure why you have 3 black, or why one of the black is on the white side. Is the outlet on a switch?  Is the whole outlet on one circuit?  If the black wire on the silver terminal is a neutral wire, and there is no switch and only one circuit, you can cap it with the white wire. The two black wires on the dark colored side would be capped as a pair.

Remember that the outlet box has to remain accessible. It can't be covered by the drywall. Also remember that most rooms require no point along the wall be further than 6 feet from an outlet.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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