Wiring receptacle for 1/2

A > I have an end receptacle that is connected to a switch. The receptacle A > is wired as follows: A > A > empty--------empty A > | | A > A > | | A > A > White--------black A > (Copper) A > A > The ground is connected normally in the bottom corner. A > A > I would like one of the outlets to be controled by the switch, but for A > the other one to be always on. A > A > There are no other cables, and all three cables come from the same cable. A > A > How can I rewire the receptacle so that I achieve the desired result?
If you can place the switch above the outlet (in the same hollow section of the wall) not too bad a project. Otherwise you either need to run the switch's wiring above (through the attic) or below (through the basement). Alternative would be X-10-type devices. ...Or The Clapper.
Assuming the switch is to be installed.... On either side of the receptacle's screw terminals are links. Break away the one on the black side. (Keep the white side's intact.) Run appropriate guage wire between the switch and outlet. This wire's black lead will go to the original black lead. The switch's white wire will be permanently marked with a black indicator -- black electrical tape, black permanent mark, paint -- on both ends. The white-black lead will connect to the other black (copper) terminal on the receptacle.
White w/black marking empty--------empty======================== | | || | | || | Switch | | || | | || White--------black======================== Black
It doesn't matter to which switch terminal the Black and White-black go.
BTW, shut off the power to the outlet when doing your work. (You knew that!)
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