"receptacles" that "s" is the magic letter. You have more than one
that only one half is working. The only way that happens is when they were
wired for a switch. Look around, I'll bet there is a switch that will turn
them all on and off.
Of course there is always that one unexpected situation where "The only
way" is not really the only way, but look for that switch. It is possible
the switch is gone (people do some funny things) or the outlets were reused
by someone who knows nothing and did not notice they came from a use where
they were switched, or (rather unlikely) they are one two different circuits
and the other circuit is out for some reason.
Joseph E. Meehan
26 + 6 = 1 It's Irish Math
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