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Replacing an outlet which...

Replacing an outlet which was previously controlled by a switch, but the switch has been previously removed. Now I need to know which wires to use and which to remove/cap/disregard?

Contractor's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?

The switch control was made inoperable by remodel on opposite wall 5 years ago

Contractor's Assistant: Just to clarify, are you working with a contractor?

No

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

That was my intent

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

Reason for current work is to change from two-prong receptacle to three-prong

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Electrical
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Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 11 months ago
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Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 11 months ago

In as much as there is a wall removed youll need a 2 wire voltage tester to verify having power at the outlet. Do you have one?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
no, I do not. I've thought of getting such a tool, wasn't sure what makes sense for the home DIYer.
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 11 months ago

Any Volt/Con type tester will do. It does both voltage and continuity. Available at any home center for around $20.00.

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