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

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How can I toggle two wall sconces, without also turning off power to receptacles?

I'm renting an apartment in a century home and in the living room there is a wall switch that controls 2 wall sconces (both that have independent knobs on them to control the lights), but it also ...
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Replaced outlet, no power to that circuit

I am not electrician. I am a DIYer and have some experience with replacing breakers, doing basic electrical work, but nothing really "advanced". An outlet was recently cracked, and my roommate went ...
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Carpet cleaner keeps tripping outlet

I have a carpet cleaner. The first time I turn it on, I can use it for about 5 minutes before it trips an outlet's breaker which disconnects the power to the used outlet. I then reset the outlet ...
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Open Ground on Grounded Outlet

I have a room that has six outlets. Two of which are healthy with ground and ~120V coming through. The other four report open ground with one of the four not working at all (no juice). I've checked ...
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Is it ok to let something hang from its plug in a receptacle? (electric car charger)

When I charge my car away from home, sometimes I use the portable 120 volt charge cable that plugs into a normal outlet. At work, we have receptacles mounted a few feet above ground. The charge ...
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What is a GFI outlet used for, and where should I install them?

What purpose does a GFI serve? Where should they be used?
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What could cause my newly installed electrical outlets to not work?

I replaced several electrical outlets in the house today and one outlet is not working at all, and the other two outlets only have one of two plugs working. I've looked over them again and all wires ...
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What type of outlet is in the picture?

I recently purchased a early 1970's home that has this interesting outlet installed in the master bedroom. It is the only outlet in the entire house like this and I'm not real sure what it is for and ...
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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1948 fabric sheathed outlet wires, can I ground to box?

Home built in 1948. The outlets have no ground wire and use fabric sheathed copper wire.can i run a ground wire from recepticle to the metal outlet box itself, as apposed to no ground at all? How can ...
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What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?

We moved into a resale home, the previous owners had a Gas Dryer, we have an Electric. The laundry room has a NEMA 14-30 receptacle installed. I hooked up our brand new dryer and it didn't get power. ...
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Adding outlet in middle-of-run

I want to add an outlet in the middle of a run in the garage. The start of the run has a GFCI outlet with the proper line/load connections. The 2nd outlet in the run is a regular 20A outlet. Can I ...
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2 prong wiring nightmare

I went to open up my outlet to see if it has a metal box. The previous owner wired in 3 prong outlets. I look and there is no ground which i suspected. But they also have 2 neutral electrical tape ...
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Can a mix of receptacles and light fixtures be installed on a single circuit?

A while ago we had some renovations done in our house. After the electrician was done, we realized we now had one light switch in our kitchen that was no longer connected to anything. It is in a ...
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What is causing a ticking noise in my electrical outlets?

Several electrical outlets in two rooms started making a ticking sound last fall. I checked the receptacles and tightened the wires on two of them and replaced two of the receptacles. The circuit ...
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How to cover an open/exposed wire fast and safe for a long period?

I have a 3 pin socket on the wall that is broken and I'm going to fix it. And while at that, I also want to fix the wall (re-cement it and paint it again). After I dismantle the socket, the 3 wires ...
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Do USB sockets draw power when not in use?

I would like to replace a couple of electrical outlets in my house with ones that have USB sockets. My concern is that they will continually draw power, even when I don't have a phone plugged in to ...
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Should I proactively replace old GFCI outlets?

The way I understand this page about GFCI outlets: (a) GFCI outlets can fail after about 10 years, making them unable to detect faults, (b) when outlets made after 2006 fail, they shut off power ...
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Receptacle connection with aluminum wiring?

I recently purchased a home that has some aluminum wiring. The previous owner decided to "upgrade" the receptacles to make it "safer" for me and my family; these changes were made after the general ...
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2 hot wires into light switch and no neutral

I recently bought a home built in 1908 and I've found some funky electrical issues - such as the entire main floor on one 30 amp circuit. This morning I went down to the bathroom on the main floor and ...
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Outlet trips GFCI outlet

Replaced 15v outlet with another basic one. All seemed to go well during install, but after it was over, the gfci outlet trips when I place a reasonable load to it. When left alone, power flows ...
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What's the standard height for an outlet?

I am installing outlets in my patio room. What is the standard height recommended above the ground for these to be installed?
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Would you ever wire white and ground together?

I was replacing some outlets in my house with tamper-resistant ones, and came across one where the white and ground were wired together, as seen in this picture. Why? Is that okay or appropriate ...
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What is causing my electric problems?

So I have power going into junction box into attic 12g/20A. It fed a light switch, the light switch was chained to microwave outlet. Also in that junction box and connected to the light switch line ...
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How can I remove the switches that control outlets?

In the house it seems that the original owner wanted all top outlets to be switched and the bottoms to be always on. I hate this and want to fix it. So I took all the outlets out from the one room. ...
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Why are two outlets on one circuit suddenly reading 16V?

I have two 110V outlets that suddenly only have 16 volts. Both are in the same wall, about 6' apart. The breaker has not tripped. Other outlets on the same circuit work fine. They are only about 10 ...
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Grounding a receptacle when there is no ground wire?

I am replacing old receptacles with new tamper-proof ones. I opened one in my basement and realized it wasn't currently grounded, the electrical housing is a real mess and has a copper "ground" wire ...
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I have Direct tv plugged into a gfci protected receptacle. All of the receptacles on same circuit will go dead, but not trip the gfci. Why?

Ok the GFCI is located in the 5th wheel upstairs bedroom/sink. It is protecting 4 of the receptacles in lower level next to sink and tv/stero area. I have a direct tv (tailgater) plugged into the ...
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Does a 16“W x 13” deep counter space need an electrical outlet?

I have a 15"W x 24" Deep base cabinet. The counter top overhang is 1" on the front and right side. There is no overhang on the left side as there is a gas range there. There is a 15" W x 12" deep ...
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How do I wire receptacles for a washer and dryer on a new circuit?

I need to add a new circuit that will have only 2 receptacles, 1 for a washer and another 1 for a dryer. This will be a 20 amp circuit. Can someone please tell me how to wire the two outlets together? ...
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When is it appropriate to use push in connections on typical american electrical outlets?

I quit using push in about 10 years ago when I realized it was causing issues when I had a few heaters plugged in at job sites. My detective skills told me that 10 fried outlets over one winter and ...
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Removing switch that turns on / off the outlet

I have an outlet which gives electricity only when corresponding wall switch is on. I need to remove the wall switch because I need to put a cabinet on it's place. How do I make the outlet permanently ...
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Wires barely fit in gang box, is this okay? If not, where to get deeper boxes?

What to do when the wires barely fit in the box? We got them to fit with a lot of fusing, but I'm not sure if that's okay or not. Lots of smushing down and the outlet covers don't fit flush on some. ...
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would a bathroom without a gfci outlet be a violation in a rented appartment

Would a bathroom without a GFCI outlet in a rented appartment be a violation? I have section 8 and my apartment failed inspection because of this.
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How do I bring a recessed wall outlet flush with newly installed paneling?

I paneled a wall with three quarter inch thick paneling and now the two wall plugs are recessed in. Do any of you know if the have specialty plugs that would plug into the wall outlet to bring it to ...
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How to repair an electric outlet which died while running a carpet cleaner?

I ran a carpet cleaner in my condo for the first time in a bedroom and the outlet and lights died. Then I went to the living room and ran the cleaner and the outlet died too. But I was able to use two ...
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Troubleshooting outdoor electrical outlet

I bought a new house and noticed the outdoor electrical outlets are not working. I checked the electrical panel and all the switches are on (the outdoor outlets are labelled on the panel and I turned ...
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Why do electricians prefer not to use the push-in connections on receptacles?

Why do electricians prefer not to use the back-stab or quick connect holes on switches and receptacles? If these were unreliable do you think they would be allowed by the NFPA and NEC?
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Sump pump & ejector pump: can I (and should I) change single dedicated non-GFCI receptacle to a dual receptacle GFCI?

Moved into a new home about 6 months ago which had been gut rehabbed. Our mechanical room has 2 pits, one for the sump pump and another for the ejector pump. I was planning on installing a ...
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When to use holes instead of side terminals to wire an outlet

This question comes from Shirlock's comment on this GFCI wiring question. When and why should you use the holes on the back of an outlet rather than the side terminals? I always assumed the holes on ...
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How do I change an old 3 round pin socket to a square pin socket in a newer house?

I live in a relatively newly built house (15-20 years old), yet the last owner fitted old 3 round pin sockets in the lounge, possible for old fashioned table lamps. Can I safely replace the round pin ...
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How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?

I am replacing halogen under cabinet puck lighting to LED. The old system was hardwired right into a switch with a power source that was starting to make noise so I thought I would replace the whole ...
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How do I troubleshoot power receptacles?

I just bought a recently renovated house and the house inspector said that all the plugs in the basement worked. Well... I plugged in several devices into the plugs and they don't power on. If I use ...
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Are portable electrical outlets permitted in a basement?

I would like to install a portable outlet box near a work area in an unfinished basement. I have seen these installed in commercial buildings and educational laboratory type areas, always dropped from ...
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When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?

I'm replacing the outlets in our house and pulled out one that had two black and two white cables. My first thought was that it was two circuits, one of them being switched, but then realized the tab ...
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Just bought a house, 70 years old, want to upgrade 2 prong outlets [duplicate]

I've done some searching on this already and I think I know the answer. But I'd like to ask just to double check. If i am not sure if the outlets are properly grounded, my best bet would be to ...
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How do I troubleshoot a newly installed non-working outlet?

I recently spent several frustrating hours trying to figure out why an outlet on a new branch circuit would not power a load even though there was proper polarity at the outlet, my non-contact voltage ...
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Does it matter if my newly installed GFCI reads “open ground”?

I just replaced a few two-prong outlets with GFCI outlets so we can plug in things built this millennium. Two of them outlets read "correct" on my circuit tester, but one reads "open ground." None of ...
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How do I properly install GFCI outlets with existing 12/3 wire in parallel and on a switch?

I am trying to help my inlaws with a problem in their living room. Two of their outlets stopped working and I don't really know why. The outlets were wired to a switch in the hallway, which ...
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Why would only the top outlets work in my two kitchen receptacles?

I have two outlets in our kitchen, one on either side of the sink, where only the top plugs work. I've tried to do some trouble shooting and here is what I know: There is a red, white, black, and ...