I am trying to replace an outlet, but am having trouble figuring out how to wire it properly. The top receptacle on the outlet is supposed to be connected to a switch. When the switch is turned on the 2 blacks test hot, as well as one of the neutrals. When the switch is off, the neutral and 1 black test hot. How do I wire this properly?
Where I am at: I broke the tab between the poles on hot side of the outlet, just like the old outlet. I also see that the pigtailed black line goes to the lower receptacle, which is always on. I think the black line that is controlled by the switch goes on the upper hot side of the line. But is it okay to have the hot neutral on the other poles?
- 3W->4W 120V
- 1B->4W 120V
- 2B->4W 30V when the switch is in the off position, 120V when it's in the on position
- 3W->2B 60V
My multimeter may not be that good. It's new, but the voltages jump and I often feel like I am getting different readings.
1B & 3W are always carrying power, 4W is neutral, 2B is responsive to the switch. There are 3 sets of wires entering the box.
1 is carrying power, 3 goes on to the remaining outlets, and 2 runs to the switch.