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Old 11-02-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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Leave the wall switch on and turn off the lamp - or unplug it at the outlet.

Often the assumption with a switched outlet is that only one lamp will need to be plugged into it - so the other half of the duplex outlet is not switched. Check that both plugs turn off and on, it may be as simple as just using the other one. If the installer was lazy, both plugs in the duplex outlet will switch, in which case it may or may not be possible to do what you want with it - depends on the routing of wires in the wall.
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Old 11-16-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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Often the assumption with a switched outlet is that only one lamp will need to be plugged into it - so the other half of the duplex outlet is not switched. Check that both plugs turn off and on, it may be as simple as just using the other one. If the installer was lazy, both plugs in the duplex outlet will switch, in which case it may or may not be possible to do what you want with it - depends on the routing of wires in the wall.
I assumed it was one switched, one hot (your first case, above) and he needed 2 hot. I may have made it more complicated than necessary.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:09 AM
 
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I replaced an outle that is control by a light switch and now the light switch is not working. But the outle works. How can I make the the light switch work with the outlet?
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:05 PM
 
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Would a remote controlled light bulb help you ?

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you leave the light on, put in a separate control for the lightbulb
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:38 PM
 
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Clap on! Clap off!

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Old 09-27-2017, 08:35 PM
 
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I replaced an outlet that was controlled by a switch (I also replaced the switch) and now the switch will not turn on the light. Is there a certain piglet or switch I should have used? If not, why would the switch to the outlet not be working now?
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Old 09-27-2017, 10:05 PM
 
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I replaced an outlet that was controlled by a switch (I also replaced the switch) and now the switch will not turn on the light. Is there a certain piglet or switch I should have used? If not, why would the switch to the outlet not be working now?
A couple of potential issues -

1) you didnít wire the switch into the circuit
2) you didnít separate the top and bottom outlets (often he switch only works on one, with the other being constantly on)

https://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/...-diagrams.html
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Old 09-30-2017, 07:43 PM
 
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In other words, if the switch is on "off", if you plug something(like a pest control device) in the corresponding light outlet, it will not work until the switch is turned on. The only way to get it to work is to leave the light on

Is there a way to reverse this? Something sold at a hardware store or can the super do something?

It's called a half hot. The reason it's called that us because usually you have two hot legs going to it or they run what's commonly called a 12/3 and switch leg the hot if you only have one circuit. Now if you look st a receptacle on the sides of the terminals where the wires get screwed to the receptacle you'll see a brass strip and a silver strip. Right in the middle you'll see the strip gets thinner and the pre is a small raised narrow section. When you cut that middle section the receptacles become independent of each other.

Half hots are common because not every house gets wired for a overhead light or fan. And you need to have a switched light source.
They are also common in kitchens where you have multiple plug in appliances like a dudposal and dishwasher. Unless you want separate receptacles it's common to half hot unswitched parallel circuits.

There are two ways to make a half hot always hot.

Pull the receptacle and pull out the hot switch leg and cap it off. Replace the receptacle with a new receptacle.
Leave the wall switch on all the time by either locking it out or wire nutting the wires behind the switch.
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Old 10-01-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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I pulled our switch to the outlet and tied the wires together. "Always on" both outlets and flipping the switch does nothing.

Problem solved.
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Old 10-04-2017, 02:51 PM
 
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I pulled our switch to the outlet and tied the wires together. "Always on" both outlets and flipping the switch does nothing.

Problem solved.
You could of just landed both wires under the same terminal. When you move put the wires back and make the switch function.
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