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I am trying to replace an outlet. I wired it but now the

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I am trying to replace an outlet. I wired it but now the light switches are not working. I have two red, two white and two black.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: A couple of hours. I put the two red together and screwed it to the socket on the right side bottom. Then the black together on the right side top and the white on the left side top together. That didn't work so I moved the two white to the bottom left. Still no go. So I separated the white and did one on top left and one on the bottom but that didn't work either. The lights are on but the two switches on the wall don't work.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: Yes.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: No
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Mike G. replied 6 months ago.

Hi, I'm Mike and I'll be assisting you. Please stand by while I review your question.

Expert:  Mike G. replied 6 months ago.

If you are referring to a switched receptacle, you need to cut the bridge between the red and black wire terminations.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
What do you mean by bridge
Expert:  Mike G. replied 6 months ago.

It's the metal between the gold screws. That will separate the red and black wires allowing the switch to work.