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

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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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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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Outlets and lights don't work but plug-in receptacle tester indicates all ok

I have two bedrooms and a shared bath that are on one circuit. Through some initial remodeling/updating, all of the outlets were replaced (3-prong), and all of the light switches. All is fine in ...
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The outlets power goes to ground when you plug something into it

I am having trouble with my outlets power going to ground from what my outlet tester is telling me. I have changed out all of the receipts on the circuit. And I double checked all of them again to ...
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Using a receptacle tester

Bought a receptacle tester, most outlets are good, not sure how to read the outlets that have switches. Outlet 1: tester reads good, when I turn the switch off it reads open ground. Outlet 2: tester ...
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three prong adaptor caught on fire

I have been using a three prong adaptor on my microwave. The adaptor caught on fire when the microwave was not being used, though I had used it approx. 5 minutes earlier. There's no sign of damage ...
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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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How to replace an old light/outlet combo switch with just a light switch

I had an old switch that was a combo light switch for our bathroom and an outlet. I wanted to replace the combo switch with just a light switch for the bathroom. There are two sets of wires coming ...
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Tester showing ground, but I am not seeing a ground

In the original portion of my 1940's house, I have three outlets that have wires being ran using conduit. When I test them using a three prong tester, it shows that they are grounded, but when I open ...
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Is it against NEC to reverse NM cable clamps?

Is the following installation method for NM cable clamps prohibited by the NEC for receptacle outlets? Note: I know it would be more functional and less awkward to screw in the NM clamps had I used ...
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Can I add a standard receptacle on a GFCI circuit

So, I want to add a receptacle in the bathroom (I tend to run out of batteries on my phone while crapping at the end of the day). There's a GFCI outlet on the other side of the crapper wall that ...
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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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Running a standard receptacle on GFCI line

I am recently done with my kitchen renovation. I have L shaped kitchen where the smaller portion has refrigerator on it. The refrigerator has been moved from from the corner of the wall to the center, ...
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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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Air conditioner works in an outlet but not a timer

I have a wall unit air conditioner that works fine when I plug it into any outlet or power strip. However, when I plug it into a timer or a thermostat timer, which is then plugged into an outlet, the ...
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How can I wire two switched outlets but power is connected at the first outlet?

I'm trying to connect a new switch and two new outlets (from switch) to an existing electric line. This new switch should turn the two new outlets on and off. However, I'd like to connect it as ...
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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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What are the potential dangers of not removing the tabs on a split receptacle?

If I feed a duplex receptacle from two separate branch circuits, I'm supposed to remove the jumper tabs between the receptacles. But what would happen if I didn't remove the tabs?
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New junction box, or pigtail within receptacle?

I need to add a wall receptacle in a bedroom. (There aren't enough outlets as is.) The bedroom is on the main floor of a 1-story house, with an unfinished attic and an unfinished basement. Walls are ...
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Can I connect a dishwasher and an outdoor outlet on the same circuit?

I bought a "fixer upper" and I'm remolding the kitchen. The previous "hack & wack" investor added a dishwasher but to power the DW they installed an outlet box and powered that box by cutting ...
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Hole for the receptacle is too big

The holes for some of the receptacles in my house are a bit too big: So when I screw them to the box they are wobbling. Any easy way to fix it?
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How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?

I have a bank — circuit? — of outlets in the kitchen that have stopped working. One of these outlets is a GFCI but it is not tripped. The breakers for all the kitchen outlets have not tripped but I ...
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How can I extend a wall outlet?

I have a interior brick wall, with wall outlet in it, I am covering the wall with 1/2" sheet rock. But I am ancoring 1x2's on the brick so I can hang the sheetrock. How would I extend the wall outlet ...
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Should I install GFCI outlets or run new grounded cabling in my older home?

I am renovating an old home(90 years) that my wife and I just purchased. The electrical system in the house is outdated - some of the outlets appear to be knob and tube but most are the brass and ...
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How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?

I have two countertop outlets in my kitchen that I am in the process of replacing with new, GFCI-protected outlets. These two outlets are on a circuit together, and they are the only loads on that ...
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How is it that two breaker switches control the same things?

Forewarning: I don't know that much about electrical terms, so please excuse any mistakes I've possibly made. I recently moved the TV in my living room and ran a new line for the electricity to the ...
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Electric Smoker Trips GFCI

My outside outlet is tied to a GFCI receptacle. When I plug in my smoker, the GFCI TRIPS. What con I do to avoid this besides running an extension cord to another receptacle (inside the apartment)?
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One GFCI outlet to protect them all

My house was built in 1981, we have a small U shaped kitchen with 5 outlets, along with a switch for the garbage disposal. I do not see any GFCI outlets or any indication any of them are. With a 4 ...
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Three-way switches to control top outlet of multiple receptacles

I am in the process of renovating the livingroom in my 1930's era house which only has two non-switched outlets in one 12x12 room. I would like some receptacles to have one switched and one non-...
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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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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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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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 ...