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

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No power in one room (circuit), breaker not tripping

I have one room with no electricity, flipping the breaker has no effect, and using a multi-meter to test the breaker, says there's 120 volts coming out, so its not the electrical panel. I used a ...
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Can I transition from aluminum wiring to copper wiring at a CO/ALR receptacle?

It is my understanding that outlets can have wires connected on both sides. Example from another DIY.SE question here . If I have aluminum wiring. I want to add another downstream outlet. I will use ...
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Half Hot Switch Controlled Outlet to Always on and Keep Power to Switch

I have a half switch controlled outlet (other half is always on) that I would like to make always on and still keep power to the switch to power an in-wall ceiling fan/light remote(the flippers I ...
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Loose connection in Cooper night light receptacle

I have a Cooper / Eaton nightlight-receptacle TR7735W (manufactuer, amazon), which I replaced a standard receptacle with. The receptacle is not at the end of the run, so there's a line out to the next ...
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Strange wires behind a plate in living room (red plastic sensor looking)

I was removing all the wall plates from my living room walls prior to painting and found a set of wires I have never seen before. If the wires are useless I would like to patch the hole with plaster ...
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Should I add GFCI outlets in my bathrooms if those circuits already have a GFCI remote on them?

I just purchased my first house and when the inspector was taking us through it he showed us that there are two or three remote GFCI outlets that control a number of outlets across the house. Example: ...
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How to get outlets straight inside boxes?

I am replacing my outlets with tamper resistant outlets. After replacement, some of them are crooked in their boxes. The old outlets were straight enough so I know the boxes are aligned ...
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How to secure switch box flush with wall surface

Today I removed all the outlet covers in my home, and when I got to my bedroom light switch I noticed there was all this wood surrounding the switch itself. I tore that off as well, and after I did so ...
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Can I use just one hot and neutral screw for a receptacle?

I am replacing a receptacle (15A) and it has three hot and 3 neutral wires. Previously two backstab plus one screw were used on each side. I won't be using the backstabs on the replacement receptacle. ...
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Electrical problem with GFCI

I just bought this house, and the circuit in the garage was functioning fine. I have a GFCI and one downstream receptacle on a certain branch. There are other GFCIs on this circuit, but not in line ...
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The outlets power goes to ground when you plug something into it

I am having trouble with my outlets power going to ground from what my outlet tester is telling me. I have changed out all of the receipts on the circuit. And I double checked all of them again to ...
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Using a receptacle tester

Bought a receptacle tester, most outlets are good, not sure how to read the outlets that have switches. Outlet 1: tester reads good, when I turn the switch off it reads open ground. Outlet 2: tester ...
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three prong adaptor caught on fire

I have been using a three prong adaptor on my microwave. The adaptor caught on fire when the microwave was not being used, though I had used it approx. 5 minutes earlier. There's no sign of damage ...
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How to replace an old light/outlet combo switch with just a light switch

I had an old switch that was a combo light switch for our bathroom and an outlet. I wanted to replace the combo switch with just a light switch for the bathroom. There are two sets of wires coming ...
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Tester showing ground, but I am not seeing a ground

In the original portion of my 1940's house, I have three outlets that have wires being ran using conduit. When I test them using a three prong tester, it shows that they are grounded, but when I open ...
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Is it against NEC to reverse NM cable clamps?

Is the following installation method for NM cable clamps prohibited by the NEC for receptacle outlets? Note: I know it would be more functional and less awkward to screw in the NM clamps had I used ...
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Running a standard receptacle on GFCI line

I am recently done with my kitchen renovation. I have L shaped kitchen where the smaller portion has refrigerator on it. The refrigerator has been moved from from the corner of the wall to the center, ...
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Air conditioner works in an outlet but not a timer

I have a wall unit air conditioner that works fine when I plug it into any outlet or power strip. However, when I plug it into a timer or a thermostat timer, which is then plugged into an outlet, the ...
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How can I wire two switched outlets but power is connected at the first outlet?

I'm trying to connect a new switch and two new outlets (from switch) to an existing electric line. This new switch should turn the two new outlets on and off. However, I'd like to connect it as ...
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New junction box, or pigtail within receptacle?

I need to add a wall receptacle in a bedroom. (There aren't enough outlets as is.) The bedroom is on the main floor of a 1-story house, with an unfinished attic and an unfinished basement. Walls are ...
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What are the potential dangers of not removing the tabs on a split receptacle?

If I feed a duplex receptacle from two separate branch circuits, I'm supposed to remove the jumper tabs between the receptacles. But what would happen if I didn't remove the tabs?
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Hole for the receptacle is too big

The holes for some of the receptacles in my house are a bit too big: So when I screw them to the box they are wobbling. Any easy way to fix it?
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Can I connect a dishwasher and an outdoor outlet on the same circuit?

I bought a "fixer upper" and I'm remolding the kitchen. The previous "hack & wack" investor added a dishwasher but to power the DW they installed an outlet box and powered that box by cutting ...
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Should I install GFCI outlets or run new grounded cabling in my older home?

I am renovating an old home(90 years) that my wife and I just purchased. The electrical system in the house is outdated - some of the outlets appear to be knob and tube but most are the brass and ...
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Electric Smoker Trips GFCI

My outside outlet is tied to a GFCI receptacle. When I plug in my smoker, the GFCI TRIPS. What con I do to avoid this besides running an extension cord to another receptacle (inside the apartment)?
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Outlets and lights don't work but plug-in receptacle tester indicates all ok

I have two bedrooms and a shared bath that are on one circuit. Through some initial remodeling/updating, all of the outlets were replaced (3-prong), and all of the light switches. All is fine in ...
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Three-way switches to control top outlet of multiple receptacles

I am in the process of renovating the livingroom in my 1930's era house which only has two non-switched outlets in one 12x12 room. I would like some receptacles to have one switched and one non-...
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Dead outlet in basement for a cube freezer

About two months ago, I purchased an Igloo cube freezer for my basement. I plugged it into a standard 120V grounded outlet and it turned on and ran apparently normally for a three weeks before I found ...
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GFCI receptacle

I just installed a GFCI outlet in my bathroom thats directly connected to the light fixture switch. when i turn power back on the light fixture isn't getting power and the outlet wont test. But The ...
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Does a receptacle have to supply the max current that it is rated for?

Suppose you come across a L5-30R (120V, 30A receptacle) somewhere. By spec, can you assume that there will be 30 amps at it? Follow up: if you come across a L6-30R (250v, 30A), does it have to ...
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How do I find a break in my ground wire?

My last bedroom has three outlets, and are all showing "OPEN GROUND" from my tester. The third one is adjacent to the other bedroom, and that outlet is also showing "OPEN GROUND". The others in that ...
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Safe way to remove an outlet

We recently removed a wet bar from our living room and we're going to replace it with a kegerator. On the wall above the wet bar, there are currently two switches and one outlet, but not in a row; one ...
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Are power outlets for window A/C units likely to support 220V?

The windows in my apartment have single power outlets next to them like the one pictured below, presumably for use with window A/C units. Are these likely to be 220V outlets, suitable for use with ...
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How to change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet?

I'd like to change switched outlet to a half-hot outlet. The wiring of the outlet is shown below. Is there a way to do this using existing wires? Update on the wiring: using two-way voltage tester, ...
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How many electrical circuits? [closed]

Considering the following appliances, how many separate circuits should I consider for an apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom, and 1 access hallway? electrical oven ...
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What size plate for 2 1-gang boxes side by side

Whoever put the electrical boxes in our kitchen before we moved in put two separate 1-gang boxes side by side (an outlet and a toggle) instead of just using a 2-gang box. The plates covering them were ...
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Dug up an outlet- how to safely fix it?

I bought a house from an older lady last summer with a pretty elaborate backyard. I noticed in the evenings, lights would turn on around the perimeter and shine on some of the trees. Then after a few ...
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Good power, good outlet, dead outlet

I have two upstairs bathrooms with ac outlets. One outlet was working fine, then intermittently, then no power to the device (night light). The wires are hot (voltage testor), but will not power ...
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Baby proof 240V outlet(for air conditioning) in living room

I have a 240V outlet in living room. It is used for AC unit installed just above it. This outlet is very close to floor. Around 3 inches above floor. We have small baby in house and she has started ...
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Would like to change an existing outlet to half-hot

I have an outlet that is fully hot. I would like to make it half-hot instead. There are only TWO wires total going to the outlet; one white and one red. Is it possible to make this outlet half hot ...
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What are the dimensions of US outlet holes?

I am specifically referring to the standard NEMA 5-15 three hole outlet that is used in North America. What are the dimensions of the holes in the outlets? Surprisingly, I am having difficulty in ...
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switched socket and unswitched light fixture to switched light fixture and unswitched outlet

In several rooms I have a wall switch near the door that switches an outlet, and a light/fan fixture operated by a pull chain. I would like to be able to switch the light fixture from the door switch, ...
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Replaced outlet still not working

I have 1 light switch and 1 outlet in a 2 gang box in the kitchen. The old gfci outlet stopped working so I replaced it with another but it still doesn't work. The new outlet is gfci too and I can't ...
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Is this outlet grounded?

My house was built in 1949 and some of my outlets look like this guy while others run updated Romex into plastic boxes. With the wires coming through the conduit in the plaster, are these grounded ...
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Using two light switches to control a single outlet location

Can you take a single outlet and have light switch A switch the top receptacle and light switch B switch the bottom receptacle? I am in the U.S.
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Outside electrical outlet doesn't work after pressure washing

My outside outlet has a flap but son pressure washed house using it. Now will not work I think he had it gotten wet. If I replace outlet would that work?
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Rewiring My Security Alarm Power Source

A year or so ago when I got my security system installed, they drilled a whole in my wall under an outlet and mounted a permanent plug there. I would like to reclaim this plug for both convenience ...
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2 outlets in kitchen have no power to them

I have two outlets in my kitchen that have no power to them. I didn't change plugs because there is no power to them. I checked breakers and there is power coming out. I checked bus bar and made sure ...
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wall outlet dead, no power to outlet

My daughter was using a rug shampooer. She said that all of a sudden the shampooers power went out. She finnished the job with a different outlet. Then while vacuuming, using a different outlet, the ...
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Why doe the AFCI immediately trip?

I move an outlet 12" and rewired it the exact same; now the AFCI trips immediately, when turning the power back on. It's a 14/ wire in sequence with a pig tail to the outlet. Any help would be ...