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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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Only one side of 220V Outlet has power. Dryer shuts off after 5 minutes

Two weeks ago I fried the dryer outlet and plug and replaced both. I made a short 90 second video explaining the problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55AfK_y1RGo Here's the background: We ...
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How to use the ground wire in 2 prong plugs

I bought a new monitor and it comes with a thick power plug but I noticed there's a ground wire dangling but sheathed with hard clear plastic but basically it looks like the image below: What is the ...
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What does 13A on my computer monitor power plug means?

I have a BENQ GW2470HL computer monitor. The monitor power plug says 13A. What does that mean exactly? The monitor specs say it needs 30W. In my country(India), the voltage is 230 V. If I divide 30w/...
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Why would a polarized plug not fit into a polarized extension cord?

I purchased a somewhat expensive name brand Beautyrest air mattress. Its electronic pump is at the foot of the bed, and its electrical cord is shorter than the length of the bed, making an extension ...
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Safe to plug a travel adapter into a power strip?

I've got a dual voltage (110/220V) lamp that has a European plug and want to plug it into a North American outlet that has a power strip plugged into it. So I will have to use a plug adapter (not ...
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Can I still use a burnt plug?

My washing machine plug is burnt due to overheat socket. The plastic shield has melted and I am wondering whether this plug can still be used (on a different socket).
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What type of plug is this, and can I replace it?

Can someone identify this plug? It came on an older radial-arm saw. Can I replace the plug with a NEMA equivalent that will fit in a regular socket? Not sure where it'll go, but all the locations I'm ...
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How do I connect a 4 prong cord on my GE dryer which is currently connected with a 3 prong cord?

On my GE dryer, a 3 prong cord is hooked up as shown on the picture. I want to replace it with a 4 prong cord I got with the standard green/red/black/white terminals. I am a bit unsure of what goes ...
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Should I bother with this 10-20 plug or replace it?

I have a water pump, it works fine. Motor is rated for 115/230 and draws 9.6 or 4.8 full-load amps depending on voltage. Its cord has a plug that appears to be vintage NEMA 10-20, but I'm not certain ...
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Wiring a plug onto a hardwired oven

I have bought a Hisense BI5228PBUK electric integrated oven. It’s 3.3kw, has a 16amp fuse and requires a 13amp power supply. Under the worktop, behind the oven, there is a 3 pin plug socket specially ...
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Adapter to convert a 45-degree angle wall electrical plug into a straight plug [closed]

This is a recurring problem I have: Instead of a traditional, straight plug, I have devices with a three-prong plug that lays flush against a wall and angled at 45 degrees. I find these types of plugs ...
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Can i use Straight blade connector for garbage disposal under sink

The current garbage disposal is hardwired , I am replacing it with new one which comes with cord . can u use cord connector (Straight blade connector) is it ok to use this setup ans be under building ...
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Outside outlet not working [duplicate]

Yesterday I was outside to do lawn weed eater to cut the grasses around the garden. So I had to plug it into the outlet at the top and bottom. It doesn't work at all. So, this morning I tried on one ...
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Is this cord bend ok on electric range?

Will this be okay for a 40 amp range? The box was set a little too low. I wasn't sure if they bend what cause any issues.
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Is it possible to fix a "knob twist" bath plug without spares?

A little while ago the knob fell off my bath plug assembly. It's one of those where there's no chain - the knob sits in front of the overflow and you twist it to pop the plug up. I couldn't find the ...
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Is it safe to replace Type A plug with Type C?

I'm really sorry if I'm asking a silly question or the Home Improvement is a wrong place for that but it's better safe than sorry. I'm going to buy a couple of electronic devices from Amazon, which ...
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Electrical outlet arcs only for non polarized grounded plug

Let me start by saying I have ceased the use of this outlet, and will be contacting maintenance for a replacement. I have a grounded outlet in my apartment that has had a power strip plugged into it ...
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Dehumidifier with power socket to hang on the wall [closed]

Goodmorning everyone! I am looking for a dehumidifier to put in the garage that has the following features: the plug to be inserted into the socket (unusual as a thing because usually dehumidifiers ...
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Can I safely plug a two prong plug into an extension cord with a ground socket?

I have a plug for a wireless router that ends in two prongs (no ground). Is it safe for me to plug this into an extension cord that has the ground prong, which would be left empty? I believe it is but ...
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Can a cooking oil spill-over cause a burnt-out outlet?

A cooking stove with electricity and natural gas has been in place for 20 years. Last month I did deep frying, some of the oil went overboard, touched the electric plate, and some of it instantly ...