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

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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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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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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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Is it possible (and safe) to adapt a 4-prong dryer outlet to a NEMA 6-20?

I'm considering an appliance that is 240v 16A 3500watt with a NEMA 6-20P plug. Is it possible and safe to create an adapter for this so that it can be plugged into a standard 4-prong 14-30R dryer ...
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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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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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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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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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hissing noise coming from outlet in kitchen

Today I noticed a noise coming from the kitchen outlet that we do not use. It sounded like water at first I was freaking out BC we just had a pipe burst under the sink two weeks ago (its cold, really ...
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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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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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Why is it OK to use a 50 A receptacle on a 40 A circuit?

NEC's Table 210.24 " Summary of Branch-Circuit Requirements" shows required condudcor and outlet requirements for different circuit ratings: Why is it permitted to put a 50 A receptacle on a 40 A ...
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What kind of electrical outlet is this, and how do I replace it?

I have an electrical outlet which hasn't been reliable (the bottom one doesn't always have power unless you jiggle the plug), so I want to change it. I've changed a few plain outlets, but I found ...
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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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Should I install tamper resistant receptacles

When changing out receptacles should I be installing tamper resistant receptacles? It seems that the 2008 NEC requires these devices to be installed for any new install, should I be installing them ...
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2 prong to 3 prong outlet help

I don't know too much about replacing outlets, only what I've read online or through YouTube videos. The house was built in the early 50s. Some outlets have been replaced (brand new kitchen) but some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does one wall socket share power between both ac plugs?

In a standard wall outlet (two three-prong sockets) do both sockets share power? Say I plugged a surge protector into one and a surge protector into the other and have 5 devices connected to each ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Moody electrical outlet

The sink disposal came unscrewed, leaked, and shorted the unit. It died. I replace the disposal and plug it in. Nothing happens. The breaker is not tripped. The new disposal turns on when an ...
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How can I rewire my bathroom fan (with light and heat), light, and receptacle?

I currently have a 3-gang box that houses a ceiling light, fan (with heat and light), and an outlet. I would like to move the outlet and ceiling light switch to one wall in a 2 gang box and leave the ...
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Fixed time outlet countdown timer

I have a coffee machine that uses a significant amount of power and is often not switched off. Therefore I'm looking for a device that is able to switch off the power after a certain amount of time ...
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What could happen if a 240 stove cord was improperly installed and then stove was plugged in to the receptacle?

I think my new stove cord was installed incorrectly — after being plugged in we heard a ((whooooaamp)) sound and all the lights in the house flickered, now none of my 220 appliances will work ...
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outlet extended without outlet box?

A contractor recently extended power from an outlet that is located behind my refrigerator. He was originally going to use a large outlet box to make the connections but then we realized that an ...
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Power to kitchen receptacles out after receptacle shorted

Today I plugged a blender into a kitchen outlet and the outlet appeared to short circuit and broke (I saw giant spark and lost power to my kitchen). The circuit breaker for the kitchen jumped. After ...
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Wiring Combination Switch GFCI Outlet

I read some related questions, but can't find an answer given my wiring. I'm trying to wire a combination switch/GFCI outlet Pass & Seymour 1595SWTTRWCC4. I also checked the wiring diagrams, and ...
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How do I make ground connections at my receptacle boxes?

I searched for my question but could not find the answers. I had the inspector out for my rough in on electrical inspection. He said I did a very nice job but I need to make all my grounds at all my ...
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What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?

We've probably all seen these guys... They come in handy when you need to plug something with three prongs, into something with two prongs. What I've never understood was, what the heck is the ...
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Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?

The grounding prong of a 3 prong plug broke off in an outlet. Could this be an electrical hazard should a child touch it?
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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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Receptacle Tester Showing Open Hot

The last 30 years we've lived in this house, we've had a problem with 1 of the bedroom's electrical receptacles. On the same wall, there are 2 receptacles about 10 feet apart on opposite sides of the ...
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Why does one outlet trip the breaker, but not others?

In my spare bedroom, there are four electrical outlets. If I use a vacuum cleaner in one of those outlets, the breaker trips. However, if I use any of the other outlets, it works fine. Is the outlet ...
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Convert a switched receptacle to a non switched receptacle

This is a code question and I live in the US. Some background. My house originally had no overhead lights except for the bathrooms, kitchen and hallways. The rest of the rooms had just one switched ...