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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I use these “closed” power outlets?

I just bought a new home. It seems that the builder had some outlets open (where I can plug any devices), while some are closed (I can't plug anything). Is there a device I can rent or buy from any ...
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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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How do I wire this switch/outlet combo?

This 5 minute task has kept me busy for an hour. Old switch/outlet combo melted. Replacing with gfci combo. Red/White pair is the line. Orange/White pair is the load to the light. Strangely, ...
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Can I replace my ungrounded / two prong outlets, or should I have a professional do this type of a thing?

They're all two prong except a select few in the kitchen. Is this a project I could take on with NO electrical experience other than minor soldering, or is this something I should not attempt? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does my receptacle tester say open ground on my new outlet?

I replaced an outlet and the tester says open ground. I checked all the wires and they are secure including the ground wire. What could be wrong?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to add GFCI to a box with one outlet controlled by a switch?

I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to electrical work, though I do know my way around a circuit diagram, thanks to some EE courses in college. I think this is one I can do myself, I just would ...
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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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Is it OK to have a 20 Amp receptacle on a circuit with 12 AWG wiring and a 15 Amp breaker?

I have a hypothetical question: If you have a 15 Amp breaker connected to a 20 Amp T type outlet with (20 Amp) 12 AWG wire, is it within code, below code, or above code, where code means the National ...
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How can I detect reverse polarity on an ungrounded receptacle?

Recently moved into a 1950s-built house and am swapping out some of the older receptacles. On one particular ungrounded circuit there are four receptacles. The first two are as expected - the two ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What does it mean when one wire goes into load, and one goes into line

I am replacing my kitchen outlets with GFCI. The inspector told me I just needed to install one at the first outlet in the circuit. I looked at the outlets on either side of my kitchen; at one end ...
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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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Can a NEMA 6-15 Device be connected to a NEMA 6-20 receptacle?

I have a new -80 deep freezer that calls for NEMA 6-15R receptacle, but the old one it is replacing called for a NEMA 6-20. I note that the plug actually seems to fit in the 6-20, but is there a ...
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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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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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GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it

Using a thermal camera (coolest thing in the world, by the way), I discovered that a GFCI outlet in my bathroom is hotter then the surrounding wall when nothing's plugged into it: It's not boiling ...
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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 ...