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

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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What types of electrical outlets are found in a typical home in the USA?

I do not live in the USA. If I were to buy a home in the USA, what are the key facts I should know about USA household electrical supply at outlets in homes? E.g. when buying a clothes dryer or other ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I install a new exterior GFI outlet?

I have an interior outlet. I would like to place an exterior (GFI) outlet in approximately the same position on the outside wall. How should I do that? approx. loc. of desired outlet-| ...
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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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Should I convert a single light switch to a receptacle/switch combo?

First I want to say I've done a little research on my question. I'm familiar (I think) with the wiring, but I'm uncertain if my solution is a good one because of what I plan on using the outlets for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a dryer receptacle be wired without a neutral?

In my apartment, I have a 4 wire 240V receptacle for a dryer where the neutral is not connected, only the 2 hots and ground. Is this configuration permitted for a dryer circuit? An electrician and ...
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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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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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Are non-GFCI outlets that are downstream of a GFCI outlet ground fault protected if they are fed from the GFCI outlet's load side?

Are non-GFCI outlets that are downstream of a GFCI outlet ground fault protected if they are fed from the GFCI outlet's load side? If those non-GFCI downstream outlets were not fed from the GFCI ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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why are 120v coming out of my light switch plate screws?

While troubleshooting a dead GFCI receptacle in my bathroom I discovered that a nearby light switch plate's screws have 120 volts coming out of them. The GFCI was reading 1.5v from hot to ground on ...
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Safe location rules for bathroom sink recepticle and light switch

Bathroom sink with mirror & vanity light. Presently, the vanity light switch and single receptacle are separate from each other and in awkward locations. I intend to put them together in a single ...
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How can I wire a new outlet from a light switch, with light switch set-up I've never seen before?

I'm trying to add a new electrical outlet in my basement, and the only good source looks to be a light switch. I found a decent (except for how he never turns off the breaker!) YouTube instructional ...
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How do I attach both my washer and dryer to the same NEMA 14-30 receptacle?

Currently, I have a single NEMA 14-30 plug in the laundry room. I also have an ASKO W6022 dryer (manual available here: https://www.manualowl.com/p/Asko/W6022/Manual/161455) and an LG DLEC855W dryer ...
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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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Bathroom AC outlets out

All outlets (non-gfci) in both of my bathrooms (at sink level) are dead. I have cycled all service breakers to no avail. Have had no known recent electrical 'disturbance'
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How to wire half-switched outlet with two black and two white

I had done pretty well rewiring a number of normal outlets in my house. However, I managed to mess up the first switched outlet I tried to do. The box had one wire coming in on the left (same side as ...
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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 ...