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Open hot just means that the wire that should be hot is not connected to the power supply. The neutral and ground are possibly still connected. This is a common way to switch receptacles by adding an extra (red) wire that goes through a switch. You should check continuity between the outgoing (switched hot) wire at the switch and the red wire (going to the ...


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Not as long as you have at least one switched outlet. There's a difference between outlets and receptacles. In your case the switched outlet is the overhead lights you added. No other provisions are required.


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On the contrary, that outlet is probably the one that has the most direct connection to the breaker. The additional wire between that outlet and the others is what reduces the current that the vacuum cleaner draws just enough to keep the breaker from tripping.


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Got it replaced. Was an old General Electric model, I think the part number is E-42190. All connections used wire nuts, The wires in the center of the back were line. Two wires on the side were load and ground. I just needed better lighting and my microscope glasses to see it. Very small print. New Levitron model was very clearly marked. Thanks to ...


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Any idea why this outlet would be wired this way? Because someone before you didn't follow basic electrical practices. Was this wire connected to anything when you opened the box? Was this a standard duplex outlet? The only situation I would think of is if the outlet was wired with one half to one white wire, and one half to the other white and sharing ...


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16252-0WS is a "heavy duty" "Decora Plus" version of the 16252. The "W" simply means white. If your home is wired with plastic boxes, or even has ground tails to the receptacles already, then the self-grounding devices are not needed/wanted. You'd just be spending more money for no reason. You should however use TR, or tamper resistant, receptacles. These ...


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Since you are more concerned about the plates, There are a number of standard plate designs designed to accommodate different devices in the box. Decora which you show on the right works with not only regular outlets which you show, but with gfic outlets, switches, dimmers, fan controls, timers, motion sensors and more. Duplex which you show on the left is ...


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It's not immediately dangerous, but it is bad simply because it is wrong. And it may be easy to fix, as others have noted. If so, you've probably already fixed it. If not, (perhaps the prong is deeply inserted in the outlet), then consider: Turn off the power at the circuit breaker Verify the power is off using a lamp in the other outlet socket Remove ...


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There are two main differences between the outlets shown. First is the left one is a 20 amp outlet and accepts both 15 and 20 amp plugs. You can tell because the left prong is T shaped. The right outlet is 15 amp only because the left prong is just vertical. Second is the visual design: two cropped circles on the left vs. a single rectangle (a.k.a. ...


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The outlet on the left will accept both 15 amp and 20 and compatible The outlet on the right is a 15 amp only outlet The left is formally a: NEMA R5-20R The right is formally a: NEMA R5-15R The designation is for the pin pattern alone The shape of the 'Square' vs. the 'Double D' outline is cosmetic only The square shape is typically called 'Decora' - ...


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It could be bad if other things go wrong as well, or if the circuit/device is miswired. It also prevents you from plugging in other grounded devices, which could be a problem as well. The best thing to do would be to either remove it, or replace the receptacle. Turn off the power to the circuit at the breaker, and verify power is off. Then using needle ...


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Assuming the outlet is correctly grounded, this would be no different from touching the outlet mounting screws - harmless. However, if the outlet were miswired, for example, the outlet ground actually connected to neutral (because there was no ground in the box) and there was a wiring fault disconnecting the circuit's neutral, the neutral prong, as well as ...



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