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Are 15A receptacles acceptable on a 20A circuit? [duplicate]

I have a 20 amp breaker for my dedicated man cave home theater. It's a rental unit. Recently I had a few loose-fitting plugs on some of the receptacles so I just went downstairs and found the breaker ...
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15 amp receptacles on 20 amp circuit [duplicate]

While doing other projects I discovered that my receptacles (garage ceiling) are 15 amp rated but are on 20 amp circuit. House is 20+ years old. What does it mean? 20-year old code allowed this? ...
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Why does US Code not allow a 15A single receptacle on a 20A circuit?

Living in the UK, where we have a different system of mains wiring, my curiosity was piqued by Is it okay to install a 15A outlet on a 20A dedicated circuit for a dishwasher? and its answers. Although ...
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Why is it safe to use 15 A receptacles on a 20 A circuit?

OK, the one answer I got was way off target, and another commenter couldn't figure out what I was asking, so I'm restating the question... Are 15A 3-prong grounded outlets actually rated to 20A, ...
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Can I share the neutral in 12/3 cable between two GFI circuits with different current ratings?

I think I know the answer to this question however I have been known to be wrong before! I am using GFI breakers to protect multi outlet circuits. One is 15 amp and the other is 20 amp. I realized ...
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20 amp Circuit, 15 amp switch that controls receptacles ok?

I have a 20 amp circuit in my home (the breaker is 20 amps). On that circuit there is a light switch rated for 15 amps that controls three 15 amp receptacles. Is the 15 amp switch ok, or should it be ...
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How can I find my bathroom's GFCI?

I have a half-bath on the main floor of our house that is small and has only 3 electrical items in it: Light above the sink (and corresponding light switch) Fart fan (and corresponding light switch) ...
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Why are there multiple receptacles by amperage?

I could imagine the various receptacle shapes being a tool to protect you from making a mistake about what you plug in. Consider a 15A breaker with 14ga wiring to NEMA 5-15R receptacles. The circuit ...
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GFCI outlet shape for 20 amp vs 15 amp circuit - what does the little line on the outlet mean?

My contractor recently added a 20-Amp circuit to my kitchen while he was remodeling it. He explained that the circuit was 20-Amp, and the non-GFCI outlets he installed all have the little horizontal ...
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Safe to use a 16 amp motor on a 20 amp circuit with a 15 amp outlet?

I have a 1.5 hp table saw motor rated at 115v/16amp. My garage has all 20 amp breakers but all outlets are 15 amp. Does the 15 amp outlet present a hazard if the wiring and circuit are all rated at 20 ...
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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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20 Amp Circuit with 15 Amp outlets

I added an outlet to a bathroom. When I pulled the outlet, which was a 15A, that I was going to tie into it was wired with a #12. I checked the circuit and it is a 20 AMP circuit. It was part of a ...
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Do receptacles require a 20 ampere breaker?

I thought wall receptacles required a 20 amp breaker. Am I wrong?
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Using NEMA 14-50 with 60A breaker

An electrician installed a Tesla wall charger with a 60A breaker. I've added a NEMA 14-50 receptacle to the circuit behind a toggle switch (either the wall charger is powered or the plug, not both). ...
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Can I do two 220V on a single line?

I am in the process of adding subpanel. This question is a continuation from my previous question. Can I do two 220V receptacles on a single 20A line? The equipments will be drawing max 3A and 13A. ...

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