I replaced an electrical plug under the sink in the kitchen.
Currently is does not work properly. If the garbage disposal is
plugged in the outlet then the disposal stays on even when the switch
is off at the sink above the counter. Both the disposal and
dishwasher are plugged in the outlet. What do I need to fix with the
With a test light, find out if the above counter switch turns on the top and
or the bottom receptacle. My assumption would be that one outlet is live
constantly, for the dishwasher, and the other works off the switch, for the
disposal. If the switch used to control one of the outlets, but now doesn't,
you need to replace the switch
Your reminder not break the silver connection brings up another
question. (Which I am sure is more than the OP wants to know)
I would think that they wouldn't even have a break link between the
neutral. I can't think of any situation where I would break the
Even if I were connecting two circuits to the outlet, I would never
think of breaking the neutral link.
I would think the code would prohibit the connecting of a duplex
receptacle to two different panels.
No. The OP said she replaced the "plug" and she said the garbage
disposal was "plugged" into the "outlet" and later said both devices
were "plugged" into the "outlet". She seemed to know the difference
between plug and outlet, and she said she replaced the plug.
And the next 10+ posters figured out that she hadn't broken the tab
off between the switched outlet (for the disposal) and the unswitched
outlet (for the dishwasher). Can you give me an instance where
changing the plug would have made the disposal run all the time?
Nobody else could, which means we all figured out that the OP meant
that the duplex receptacle got changed.
I hate to nitpick but 6 or 7. :) Sam E is the possible 7th and I
couldn't tell exactly what he meant.
I noticed that they concluded that, but she hasn't been back here to
tell us one way or the other.
Yes. If she unplugged the disposal to replace its plug, and unplugged
the dishwasher for whatever reason, and then plugged each one into the
I know you know this but for other possible readers: The power meant
for the dishwasher is always on, because the dishwasher has its own
switch. The garbage disposal is the opposite, so its power is
controlled by the wall switch.
My views are not driven by the opinions of everyone else. If she
posts back, which she should, we shall see.
I am one of those, even though I didn't say so. I just said a "plug"
is a male connector. Considering the tab, I would have expected the OP
to know the 2 outlets would have to be separated, in order to have
them controlled separately.
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