I am changing a chipped 110V power receptacle in the kitchen. I thought I
apart and left the wires apart demonstrating the original configuration.
There are a total of 6 wires run through this receptacle box: 2 white, 2
red, and 1 bare. That is one more than 2 left, 2 right and 1 ground
When I put it back together, I had to screw the "sixth" wire (blk) to one
side screws along with another wire, because the new (clean, unchipped)
replacement receptacle didn't
have the push-in connector on the back like the chipped original . I
plugged it in, and the 15A fuse
vaporized on the inside of it's glass. The 6 solid color, solid conductor
red, white, black and bare wires
were originally installed by an electrician. I could investigate further
about which individual colored wires are sheathed together, where they are
going to/from, or what else specifically is on the circuit, fluorescent
light or whatever. I also have a two prong lighting circuit tester to check
whats hot and not. So...
Note that these std. receptacles have a copper conductor plate that connects
the similar conductors of the top and bottom plugs together. As it was
broken apart on the original chipped plug I fatigued and split it apart on
the replacement. That was on the short prong, or right side. I must still
believe that the problem must have been with where I put the sixth wire. I
think I probably had the wires where they were before, and I should just try
putting the sixth wire on the other side (ther longer prong/ left side: the
unbroken conductor plate)
So the way I left it and the way I tried to re-wire the new plug was like
this. Viewd from front
white( | i) white (6th blk. wire blew fuse here)
broken plate oblack (sixth wire)
blk ( | i) red
L bare (ground)
Q> Where does the sixth black wire go?
In all the confusion I forgot where the sixth (black) wire was. I think it
was on the top. If the other wiring is correct, and I believe it is, then I
have tried one of three possible positions, plus ground. Remember the right
side/ short blade conductor plate is /broken. My first (only) choice is to
try the other, unbroken side. The vaporized fuse scared me, and the HD guy
said my other wires are wrong.
Q>Is the wiring correct, or obviously messed up.
btw Is there a place to post a pic for this ng such as rec.woodworking has