A contact device installed at the outlet for the connection of an attachment plug.

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How to wire half-switched outlet with two black and two white

I had done pretty well rewiring a number of normal outlets in my house. However, I managed to mess up the first switched outlet I tried to do. The box had one wire coming in on the left (same side as ...
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Bathroom AC outlets out

All outlets (non-gfci) in both of my bathrooms (at sink level) are dead. I have cycled all service breakers to no avail. Have had no known recent electrical 'disturbance'
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Estimating max wattage

I live in an apartment in South Korea. The main circuit breaker in the apartment looks like it's 30a 220v, with four individual 20a switches running to different parts of apartment. All the outlets ...
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Correct way to attach outlet wall plate?

I have been replacing the outlets in my house with Tamper Resistant outlets. On some of the replaced receptacles, the plate does not tightly attach to the wall—it can be pried back by my fingers. (I ...
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How can I eliminate the need for the switch controlling living room receptacles?

I am new to home improvement, so please be patient with me. I'm sure my ignorance and lack of vocabulary are going to shine through! I'll try to answer any questions and clarify anything to the best ...
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Adding a new electrical outlet to lighting circuit

My house was built in the mid 70s, MBWC everywhere. Many lighting circuits are also connected to the outlets. What I want to do is connect a receptacle upto the switch for the pantry so that when ...
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Wall Outlet with three sets of wires!

have another issue with another outlet in this very improperly done house I just bought. During my slow replacing of all the wall outlets, I came across this new one which has me baffled on how to ...
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What is this receptacle called?

My Honda EU3000 generator has two types of output receptacles. One takes a usual (USA) 3 prong 110v plug. The other is also 110v but seems to take some type of twist connector. I need to find an ...
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Replacing two-plug outlet with one plug + one guidelight

I am replacing a two receptacle outlet in a hallway with a newer Leviton outlet-guidelight combination. I noticed that the outlet box has two wires coming in, both with one hot/one neutral. The new ...
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Is a GFCI receptacle device a circuit breaker? [duplicate]

I have been told that a GFCI receptacle is a "circuit breaker" in the sense that it will trip under overload. Everything I know, have been told, and have read from experts to manufacturers says this ...
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Why am I not getting power to outside outlet?

Not getting power to outside outlet but have one outlet that has power on the outside checked the breaker it has not been tripped don't know what to do. How do I fix it to work again? Maybe one month ...
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How to wire 3 switches and a receptacle in a two-gang box

How do you wire a three switch receptacle (all three switches are together in a stacked appearance) with a GFI outlet in a two gang box? There will be a light above the bathroom sink and a fan with a ...
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Why is there no power on the load side of a GFCI outlet?

I ran a new electrical line in my basement to include a GFI receptacle for a portable sump pump followed by a switch that controls four LED can lights. All parts are brand new. I wanted to have the ...
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Correct way to rewire for a ceiling fan + light from a switched outlet

I want to know if this is the correct way to do this. There is a switch that controls a single receptacle in a double receptacle outlet across the room. Power comes into the switch box via 3-wire ...
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Is this a drain cover or an electrical outlet cover?

Can anyone tell whether this is a drain cover or an electrical outlet cover? Former homeowners converted a garage to a family room ~20 years ago including extensive water drainage reorientation. The ...
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Low voltage on 120V receptacle after too much load

We accidentally ran our microwave and an electric tea kettle on the same outlet at the same time. Suddenly neither would turn on. I brought out my volt meter and it reads a curious 13 volts vs the ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into a non-switched outlet? [duplicate]

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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Connecting a pump to wall socket using a transformer

I'd like to connect following components: From the wall socket .. to a cable .. to a pressure switch .. to a transformer Use the outer wires on the transformer to get 24V (2x12V) to the pump ...
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Duplex Outlet-Open ground only on top

I had a regular 15amp duplex outlet in my kid’s room. Because it is on the third floor, the heat doesn’t work that great and we had a small ceramic heater plugged in. She called me into her room. ...
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Installing an outdoor inlet for a portable generator

I've purchased a portable generator that I'm planning to use in case of an outage. I'm not wanting to wire this to my house wiring; I'm just planning to install an outdoor inlet wired to a dedicated ...
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How to connect a 14-30r outlet with only three wires?

I am trying to wire a 14-30r receptacle. I only have 3 wires (black, red, and ground). There is a system ground and equipment ground on the wiring diagram. Do these both attach to the ground?
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Open Hot on GFCI outlet

I have an outdoor GFCI outlet that was running our Christmas lights. We was just struck with a storm that we received 3.6 in of rain in a 6 hour period. Now the reset will not work, green light is not ...
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Wrap indoor USB adapter into plastic bag for outdoor usage?

I spliced 120V AC wires coming to the lamp so that I would have electricity for the USB adapter that would power USB camera (USB is used only to power the camera. The actual data transfer happens over ...
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Replace Light Fixture with outlet

I have a projector I plan on mounting to the ceiling in my basement. It just so happens that I have an unused light fixture receptacle which had been covered with a plate, right next to where I am ...
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If I want to add an additional receptacle, which wires do I tap from an existing receptacle?

I have an existing receptacle that used to have both the top and bottom outlet controlled by a switch. I made the entire receptacle permanently hot by disconnecting the switch and connecting all the ...
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Do I NEED to use correct colors when wiring always?

What I am wondering is if there is any code that is violated if the wrong colors are used in wiring outlets? For example, it is standard to use white as neutral and black as power but if I only had ...
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Is it okay to cut a notch into cross brace?

I've only lived in Canada for 4 years and am not sure what their codes are. I live in a duplex in Montreal-North and was surprised to see the cross brace. I cut the hole to install an outlet behind ...
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Are these black marks near an electrical box signs of an electrical problem that I should be concerned about?

My garage has an electrical box with no receptacle in it, just wire-nutted wires. It came this way when I bought the house. A non-contact voltage tester shows that the black wires are hot. I was ...
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No outlet in bathroom?

My 1950's era house doesn't have any electrical receptacles in the bathroom. Doesn't the Building Code state there should be? I reside in California N.A.
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Do channels overlap in multiple remote controls for outlets?

My dad just bought remote controlled outlets, which operate at 433.92mhz. The remote has four channels that can be used to control different outlets. Now what happens if I myself, buy a second set? ...
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3 way switch with multiple outlets

I'm wiring the new workshop and want to use 3 way switches to control four outlets running across the ceiling for plug in lights. Right now, each switch is functioning like a single pole, turning ...
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Outlet stopped working, found it is only two wire

I recently noticed that a three-prong outlet stopped working. Short version: I checked the wiring and there are only two wires running to the outlet and no visible ground wire. I checked another ...
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Are all rectangular outlets, switches, and plates the same dimensions and interchangeable?

Do I need to make sure my switches, plates, and outlets are from the same manufacturer or can I mix and match? I'm referring to the rectangular decora-style and wasn't sure if there'd be slight ...
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Can I have a 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit with a 20 amp GFCI

I'm installing a few new outlets in my unfinished basement and what I have currently is a 20 amp circuit and I have a 20 amp GFCI outlet hooked on to that. I'm looking to add another standard 15 amp ...
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Adding an outlet to a light switch, just want to make sure I have the right idea

I am in the process of replacing a dual light switch with a smaller switch and an outlet. I have the switch wired and working properly, but I am worried about the next step. The way I understand it, I ...
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Burnt sheathing behind outlet

I heard buzzing and popping noises behind this kitchen outlet so I opened it up and it looks like this: What might've caused this? And to repair this, do I have to cut up the drywall and replace ...
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Do I need two separate duplex receptacles for dishwasher (GFCI) and garbage disposal?

I have seen answers to similar questions but not sure they address my situation. I recently "installed" 2 separate 20A circuit runs for a dishwasher and a garbage disposal respectively (overkill ...
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What can I do to differentiate the switched receptacle from the unswitched receptacle on a duplex receptacle?

I have some duplex outlets where one of the two receptacles is on a switch. I wanted to install the one on the switch upside down (ground up) so that it's easy to tell which one is on the switch. ...
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Is this a faulty GFCI receptacle?

Need some advice on an electrical issue I'm having in my new condo. My bathroom has a GFCI receptacle (similar to this one). I noticed one morning that the LED indicator was out, so I figured ...
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Two appliances fried on same circuit after replacing receptacle. Did I screw up?

I'm in the US. I recently swapped 6 old receptacles on a single circuit out for the tamper-resistant variety. It was a straightforward process--all the boxes except one had a single cable coming in. ...
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Understanding GFCI protection

According to the diagram below the two (non-GFCI) downstream receptacles are said to be GFCI protected. Does this mean that if someone were to accidentally create a ground fault at either of the two ...
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Protecting multiple outlets with one GFCI; is it possible with this wiring scheme?

I have a family-room circuit with 5 outlets and a one-year-old who thinks it's funny to try to stick things in them. So I thought it would be a good idea to add GFCI protection (and tamper ...
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adding an GFCI outlet off an existing outlet. 120v two wire with ground

The line is a dedicated line from breaker with 15Amp breaker...running a computer. I want to pull a line off with GFCI outler for a Rinnai Tankless water heater. I am told the WH only pulls about ...
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Changing 240V plug type

I have a device (a popcorn popper) that has an L14-20P plug. I would like to use it with my stove's 14-50R receptacle. Since the device is rated for 20 Amp, and the receptacle for 50, this should be ...
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Requirements for adding outdoor outlets

I would like to run a line of outlets on the front side of my house. Ideally there will be: 1 circuit of outlets that are always on for general use 2 circuits of outlets that are on timers, one for ...
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Does a neutral-to-ground voltage of 0.0 indicate a bootleg ground?

As described here (for example), in a correctly-wired receptacle, there will be a small potential difference between the neutral and ground wires that increases slightly with increasing load. I'm ...
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How long have Decora switches and receptacles been manufactured?

I found some problematic wiring in the house we just bought, and I want to establish the earliest date at which the receptacles must have been installed. How long have Decora receptacles been widely ...
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Why is my outlet voltage abnormal?

I just moved to a house which was built in 1958 (almost 60 years ago). One GFCI outlet has the indicator light on but no power when plug in appliance. So I opened it and measured the voltage with a ...
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Are receptacles protected when downstream from ungrounded GFCI?

I have an ungrounded circuit in my house with three-wire grounded receptacles. If I install a GFCI, will the downstream receptacles be protected even if the GFCI is ungrounded?
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling fan

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a switch that currently turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling fan and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 3 cables coming ...