Electrical Wiring in the Home/wall switch and outlet combo

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Hi Robert,
I have a 59797 GE wall switch and outlet combo.  It has  a a gold, yellow, and green (grd) on one side and a gold and silver screw on the other side.  No black screws.  How do I wire it so the switch controls the power to the socket?

Thank you.

Tom

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Robert Wilber
Licensed Philadelphia Electrician
Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765
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Yellow? How about that?

Anyway,the brass and "yellow" screw on the same side SHOULD, unless I miss my guess, share a common mounting plate - meaning that there is a jumper between at the plate's rear between the two terminals or there is actually one solid plate with two threaded holes in it and then yellow and brass screw inserted.

If that is the case, the "hot" [black] ungrounded conductor is connected to the single brass screw on the same side as the silver screw.

The neutral [white] grounded conductor is connected to the silver screw. This is, in common parlance, your "neutral" - strictly speaking it is not a neutral, but we won't go there. It is your zero reference current carrying conductor.

The bare wire is the grounding conductor and is connected to the green terminal, which is connected to the device yoke and the receptacle ground.

The device is usually wired with the "hot" on the side with the two brass screws, so that the receptacle is hot and the switch controls the brass screw on the side with the neutral terminal below the switched "hot"
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I am not responsible for the application of this information by any party, including those lacking sufficient skill or knowledge to perform these steps safely and any hazard created is the SOLE responsibility of the user.
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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.

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