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

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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 ...
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling light

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a wall switch that turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling light and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 2 cables coming into ...
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How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?

I am trying to wire for a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle pre 1972 with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box. It has been used since 1964 hard wired 220B with metal ...
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Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house

OK Folks, some introduction. I wasn't born in the US, I come from the underdeveloped world, where due to lack of resources it was usual to have a pair of bare wires acting as a light switch ...
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Outlets that seem to be on same circuit, but not behaving that way

I'm trying to install a GFCI outlet in my kitchen. My understanding is that you can install one GFCI on the circuit and this will protect all of the other outlets. This is assuming that the GFCI ...
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Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets?

Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets? Also can I use 15 AMP outlets and switches with 12/2 NM-B wire?
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non grounded outlets converted to gfi

If I have 5 old outlets that are not grounded(but installed in old plaster walls that I dont want to disturb) can I wire a gfi at lead of circuit and protect the others downstream. I have access to 1 ...
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Converting a non-switched outlet to switched with an already switched outlet?

I have two outlets one on each side of a gas fireplace both are on the same circuit. One of the outlets is controlled by two-switches (the one farthest from one of the switch). The other outlet closer ...
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Replacing 240V outlet with 120V

I just moved into a new home, and we have an outlet in the bathroom that was set up for a washer/dryer in case we wanted to go that route. The outlet is a NEMA 10-30R. We are happy with the dryer ...
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Is the outlet type indicative of problematic wiring

I'm fairly competent as a DIYer, but I don't have the ability to dig in to this problem directly yet. I'm considering buying a very historic house (more than 180 years old). The wiring coming out of ...
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Can I replace an existing receptacle with a Leviton USB receptacle?

I have this Leviton USB product, which contains 1 hot terminal; 1 neutral terminal and 1 ground terminal. I want it to replace a receptacle that has 2 hot terminals and 2 neutral terminals (along ...
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What is this part on the receptacle of the stove called and what is it for?

We have an older Whirlpool electric stove. (Model # RS6750XVN) One of the burners isn't working and when I lifted the top off I found a different type of receptacle. Three of the receptacles look ...
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Can you have a outlet in a junction box?

I have a large in wall metal junction box. about 14-15 inches wide. but 14-15 inches tall. can i install a outlet inside the junction box? it needs to power a transfer for a intercom system.
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How to get switched and constant power combo on an outlet

I have electricity coming into outlet box from two sources, one is coming via light switch and another one is coming from another outlet. So I want the top of the twin outlet to be controlled by the ...
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Can you install a ceiling fan with a hickey and crossbar?

I have a concrete ceiling with an old-style electrical box that has a stud for a hickey, but does not have the traditional mounting holes for fixture screws, like the box in this diagram: Can I ...
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How can I combine two outlets into one output using OR logic?

I need some sort of electrical device which would combine the output of a switched electrical outlet with a programmable timer plugged into a non-switched outlet. Then I would plug lamps into said ...
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Why is my switch controlled receptacle always on?

I replaced the outlets and switches in a room. One outlet now has constant power, the switch no longer turns the power on and off (to control a lamp for example) as it originally did. For ...
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My receptacle tester is giving confusing results, what should I do?

I've recently put in a new electrical outlet, which was working at the time. Today I went and plugged the lamp and it was not working. Tried the receptacle tester, and this is what I saw when plugged ...
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Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
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2 breakers powering 1 set of outlets

this is my first time posting a question to a forum like this. Electrician added a breaker and ran a line to an outlet that had power from a different circuit but had a short in it that could not be ...
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Hot to Neutral Short?

My wife called me home from work because the lights in several rooms stopped working. I came home expecting a tripped circuit breaker or GFCI, but I found no such thing. Instead, after pulling out ...
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Adding additional outlet - max wires and box size?

I am attempting to add an additional outlet higher up in a wall for a wall mounted TV. There is an outlet below where I've mounted that I planned to run power from up to the location by the TV. When ...
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Installing electrical plug without a stud and where can I find parts

I need to place an electrical outlet where there is no stud. Where can I find outlets to do this?
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Why doesn't my tester trip the GFCI?

I have a GFCI that does not trip with the plug tester. I tried troubleshooting the issue. I looked in a junction box, and found all the neutral wires coming from the subpanel were all connected at the ...
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How do I take split receptacles off of a SPDT circuit & insert lighting?

In my den, I have two SPDT switches -- mostly split receptacle outlets. Can I take the receptacles off the switch, keep the switch circuit intact by wiring it together in the back of the receptacle ...