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Forum topic by Karda posted 12-31-2017 05:23 PM 408 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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12-31-2017 05:23 PM

Hi, I have a receptacle box on my work bench and I wold like to switch it. I did that once thirty years ago but can’t remember that far back can somebody help me remember how to do it thanks


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#1 posted 12-31-2017 05:26 PM

switch it to what ?? photos of what you are working with would help.

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#2 posted 12-31-2017 05:59 PM

Turn it on and off? Depends on a couple factors how easy or hard it will be.

An explanation of what you’re specifically trying to accomplish would help a bunch.

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#3 posted 12-31-2017 06:17 PM

Not following exactly what it is that you are trying to do….are you saying you would like to turn the power on and off to this particular outlet? Or are you saying you would like to change the outlet to some other type or configuration???

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#4 posted 12-31-2017 06:29 PM

google adding a switch to un switched outlet, pretty simple, just make sure wire is in conduit or mc cable to protect from switch to outlet. ect.
common sense will provail, over all else, but safety has no common sense,
good luck and happy new year
Rj

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#5 posted 12-31-2017 06:38 PM

If you want to add an on-off switch, you’ll need to get a SPST switch (On/off light switch). The switch has 2 power screws. In the supply line to the receptacle, cut the BLACK wire. Connect one end of the cut wire to one screw, the other wire to the remaining screw. There is going to be a green screw on the light switch. Connect a piece of copper wire from this green screw to the green screw of the receptacle. Of course this will all be dome with the circuit power turned off, unless you enjoy living dangerously.

If you want to replace the receptacle, pull out the old one and just reconnect the new one. Black wires connect to the gold screws and white wires connect to the silver screws. Ground wire (bare copper) connects to the green screw. Again, kill the power to the circuit before beginning.

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#6 posted 12-31-2017 06:51 PM

He said “a box”, take it all apart remove the old box and switch it with the new box, put it back together. ;)

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#7 posted 12-31-2017 06:53 PM

This is what I have in my kitchen

Wiring diagram for the double outlet with a on/off switch

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Karda

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#8 posted 12-31-2017 06:59 PM

sorry about the vague description. here is what I have. The box is on 14/2 extension cord I added the power strip to plug in my lights. I would like to replace the power strip with a switch and receptacle. I don’t like a lot of messy wires. And I don’t want to have run back and forth when i forget to plug the cord in.

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#9 posted 12-31-2017 07:38 PM

Karda – how long is that extension cord to the box ??

I would strongly suggest investing in a WORKBENCH POWER STRIP
that would remove all those wires from your bench top.
much safer – with a single on/off switch for the whole strip.
I had a 4 footer on my last workbench and it was awesome.
it is all ready to go – plug-n-play application. no messing around with wiring up a new box.
sold at a Home Center near you !!


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#10 posted 12-31-2017 07:42 PM

Couple bucks at the BORG:

Cheers,
Brad

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Karda

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#11 posted 12-31-2017 09:36 PM

the coerd is about 25 foot 14/2, I will replace it when I can with 14/3 but thats what i have now. nothing big on it jut many items. no 2 machines are on at the same time

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