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Why is there silver foil on a replacement appliance cord?

I bought a 3-prong appliance plug. The cord looks like this: What is the silver foil? Should it be removed before use?
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13A UK plug - wiring safety

I have an older tumble drier with a BS1363 13A plug on it. The wires are starting to come out and be exposed. Is this really unsafe? Should I attempt to fix this one or buy a new one? I tried undoing ...
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Inaccessible socket behind counter needed for washing machine

I’m trying to fit my washing machine and the only socket for it is in an inaccessible spot on the wall behind the cabinet next to the washing machine gap. The gap is very small, only enough to fit ...
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Will a female L14-30R connector (4-prong) fit a male NEMA L5-30 plug?

I am trying to connect my battery generator to a Reliance transfer switch. The transfer switch has a male NEMA L5-30 plug (4-prong) Can I plug a female L14-30R connector (4-prong) into it?
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50 Amp plug but 30 amp breaker

I have a plasma cutter which can have 35 amps of 220 draw. The factory plug is NEMA rated for 50 amps, 220V single phase. My circuit is rated for 30 amps. I never intend to go above 30 amps when ...
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Should I unplug( even though electrical connection to socket is cut off using a switch) during thunderstorm

Let's say there's a socket and an appliance is plugged into that but the electrical connection to the socket is cut-off using a switch. so there's a air gap and this should act as insulation and I ...
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How to connect European plug to Bosch Siemens plug?

I am finally replacing my oven (Siemens) and I noticed that the electricity wiring has a specific Bosch Siemens plug (see image below). My new oven has a "standard" EU wall plug. I don't ...
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Can you fix a broken tine in an electrical plug?

After years of bending, one tine in the plug on my old table saw finally snapped off: Can this be fixed? Or would you have to buy a new plug head, or an entirely new cord and head and rewiring into ...
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Can I remove this outlet and cord in my wall?

Moved into an older apartment and it has two wires running along the baseboards. One appears to originate from this socket (pictured) and is cut in one place. I’m not sure where the other starts, but ...
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How to replace clipper power cord

Have an old pair of barber clippers. They aren't particularly nice but they have a lot of sentimental value. The power cord has been fraying for a long time right where it connects to the clippers and ...
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Convert Outdoor Light Fixture to Plug

I would like to switch this light fixture to a plug that doesn't require screwing it in like a light bulb. The plug and assembly must be compatible with a 2"clearance between the wall and roof of ...
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Does NEC allow a hardwired hood to be converted to plug in?

I have a GE Cafe CVW73014MWM hood and from the factory, it is set to be installed hardwired. Ideally, I would like it to be plug in. What does the 2018 NEC code state about this? Does the hood wiring ...
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What type of receptacle has three arc-shaped slots, one with an L? [closed]

Found in a parking garage at work, but I'm not 100% sure what NEMA type it is. It's on a 30 amp two-pole breaker in a panel with 3-phase power to it. The outlet reads 30A, 250V.
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Alternative plugs for 110v

For about 50 years now, (U.K. 220v based), I've cut off cables from power tools, leaving a foot or so, and replacing the connector with a 'kettle' plug type (IEC C13 male). On larger equipment, there'...
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Why doesn't my fan work in one particular outlet?

I have a USB fan connected to a USB plug (and have tried 3 different USB plugs). It will not work in either bedside socket, but will work in any other socket. Other things work fine in the bedside ...
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What kind of male plug is this for a 240V 20A machine?

Need to wire a circuit for a machine that uses this type of plug. What type of receptacle and wire is needed? I don't see a label on the plug.
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Dryer plug burnt

I was using my dryer and it stopped working, when I went to unplug it, that's when I found out it had burnt and almost caused a house fire. It's not because of the radiator, as that's always switch ...
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Is it a code violation to use a 50A plug/outlets as a transfer switch alternative? If so, is there an NEC compliant option?

Edit--this appears to be a duplicate of this question, which remains unanswered. Summary: I'm trying to find a way to feed a 50A load panel from two different sources, each with an existing neutral/...
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What type of cord is this and where can I get it

It says the following on the cord and I believe it goes to the range. (ul) 3 cdrs 6 al. type se style cable style u type xhhw 300V 10 ground
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How I can self-ground an EU Schuko plug with a grounding rod?

Because once I touch my PC case I am being zapped, as an indication of bad grounding. I thought to place some sort of temporary grounding into the socket that the computer plugs in. What I though is ...
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Is red wire used for earth in very old German machine mains plug?

Which is neutral and which is earth? It seems that Black = Live, Grey = Neutral, Red = Earth Was this assignment common in 1960? How can I be sure?
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3 prong unneeded range outlet... adapter for 2 prong toaster? [closed]

I have a 3 prong range outlet that I don't need anymore. Is there a simple plug adapter so I can run toaster 3 prong 110v etc?
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what type of extention cord do i need for my mower

I need a long cord to mow the lawn (around 150 ft long) Greenworks 13A mower I could not find any cords this long I am planning to connect two 100ft cords together. my question is what type of cords ...
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How can I safely/legally use these power distribution units in an installed/semipermanent configuration? [closed]

I bought a bundle of these old power distribution units (PDUs) from a commercial building that previously housed a small picture frame manufacturer and was being remodeled, don't know how they were ...
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Plug fell in a bucket of water, is it safe after drying?

My flat iron's (for clothes) plug fell in a bucket of water. I pulled it out almost immediately. If I let it dry, is there any concern if I use it or is it not safe anymore?
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New Dishwasher has plug-in power cord - can I install a appliance socket behind the dishwasher?

My old dishwasher was wired direct with metal jacket cable, and there is a regular wall switch on the counter backsplash that cuts power to the dishwasher. House built in 1987. Live in NC. There is an ...
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How can I use this welder with 16A/230V two pin plug in the UK?

I bought a Sherman™ DIGITIG 200GD from Amazon a month ago, sadly it came with a European 16A/230V two pin plug. I've been so focused on making sure to meet stringent safety measures for my humble &...
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Can I use a NEMA 6-20r on a 15amp circuit?

I just bought a new window unit and it has a NEMA 6-15p. My previous unit had heat also and therefore was on a 30 amp circuit on 8/2. I've always been told that using a bigger wire is never a problem ...
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Can a burnt plug cause issues?

I had 2 electronics plugged into a double type C plug. One of them burnt to the point the cable fell off and the other got soldered and I cut off the cable. I will get it all fixed, but my question is:...
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Are receptacles for round-pronged plugs (i.e. Europlug) more durable than receptacles for flat-pronged plugs?

I live in the Philippines and the standard for electrical outlets for residential areas here isn't that rigid like with Western countries. A lot of houses/apartments here doesn't have a ground ...
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How to install this replacement plug?

How is the strain relief supposed to be done on this replacement plug? There is no way to tighten the clamp enough for it to actually securely hold onto the power cord. The threads on one of the ...
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Reconverting 4 prong to 3 prong back to 4prong dryer cord

I have a 4 prong dryer outlet and a 3 prong plug that was converted from the original 4 prong plug. Can this be converted back to a 4 prong plug via diy? What would I need to do that? Would it be safe?...
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Finding a power strip compatible with a given laptop power brick [closed]

I bought a laptop last year (Asus 2021 ROG Zephyrus G14) for which I've had trouble using power strips (in the US). I find that the included power brick's plug often doesn't go all into the socket, ...
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Scorched plug and socket

My dishwasher stopped working. I pulled it out and discovered a scorched plug with some carbon damage to the socket. Do you think this is a dishwasher fault? The socket still works... I want to know ...
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What is the socket on this power supply called?

I have this broken power supply for a decorative outdoor lighting. It has this interface we never seen before We can't find the exact model where we live, but I think if I can identify this socket ...
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Can I change the plug on this 240 V device?

(In the US, Ohio): We had our electric to our home professionally redone a couple years ago, so that we could hook up a kiln in the garage. This all works great. We recently got another smaller kiln,...
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I am trying to change my bathroom fan plug, but don't know where to start?

My bathroom fan has not been working for a few years now, and I was thinking of changing it. I tested the wall switch, circuit breaker, GFCI outlet, and I believe the issue is the actual input plug/...
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Open ground in dimmer cord. What could be wrong?

I purchased a SUNTHIN 240W Outdoor Dimmer for String Lights about a year and a half ago. It has worked perfectly up until about a week ago. We had a large storm which pulled the lights off the hook on ...
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Connecting 6.5kw sauna heater to 20 amp plug

I have a sauna in a trailer and I want to buy 6.5kw 220V single phase heater and connect it to electricity in the house I rent(US). I have access to 6-20R outlet and I understand that it supposed to ...
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Wiring question regarding replacing hardwired fluorescent shop lights with LED plug-in lights

Our kitchen has a pair of fluorescent light fixtures (2 lights each / 4 foot long) in a ceiling mounted wooden box. They are hard wired to a switch. I purchased a pair of plug-in LED shop lights. I've ...
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How can I clean cooking oil out of plug sockets? [closed]

I spilled a lot of uncooked oil onto the 4 power sockets plugged into my extension lead. the oil also got on the extension lead-should i unplug the sockets and stop using them. I’m really anxious it ...
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How to remove an electrical cord strain relief bushing / collar?

How does one remove an electrical cord strain relief bushing/collar like this one: Source: https://www.centurytool.net/100385_Robinair_Power_Cord_Strain_Relief_p/ro100385.htm This is the spec sheet ...
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Rewiring a 4-Wire Generator Wire To 3-Prong Generator Plug

We have installed a generator fallback, so that we can switch between using city power and generator power. The cord socket that I we have to connect the generator to the house power-grid is 4-prong ...
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Can turning power on/off at a mains switch damage LED lights?

Would it damage LED lights does anyone know? So for example I have 4 sets of LED light bars plugged into a 4-way extender. Each light set has its own switch. But there is also a switch at the mains ...
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Install a 240 volt mini-split condenser with a plug?

Is it possible to have a 240 volt mini-split condenser installed with an appropriate plug instead of a dedicated electrical line? Given that the circuit(s) used will be properly allotted for the unit. ...
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Filing a polizarized plug

Is it safe to use a metal file on a polarized plug to make the bigger prong (neutral) a little smaller? But not as small as the hot wire so that I can still tell the difference between the 2. Reason ...
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Changing end of charger

I have s 42v charger and I need to change the end. I cut the wires only to find 5 inside the plug and the end I need only has 2, Which do I attach my 2 wires to. And what do I do with the other wires. ...
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How to fix 2 wires into this plug?

I purchased an axial fan for a refrigerator but it just has 2 wires sticking out. It came with a wall socket plug and cable but on the end of that cable is just 2 small holes. How do I fix the wires ...
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What is the correct cord and plug for my forklift charger?

I am installing a forklift charger in my shop. I have what appears to be a NEMA L16-20 receptacle wired to a 480v 20amp 3 phase breaker. I had expected the charger to ship with an appropriate cord and ...
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Old 3 prong oven plug has 2 hot and 1 stripped aluminum wire. How do I convert this to a 4 pronged oven plug? [closed]

The original 3-prong oven plug has the normal 2-hot wires. However, I don’t know if it was a neutral or ground wire that was the third wire, as it’s aluminum and completely stripped. I’ve looked up ...
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