Questions tagged [cord-and-plug]

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NEMA 6-15 to NEMA 6-20 A/C unit

My energy provider sent me a WiFi A/C system to hook up to my window unit, however, I cannot plug it into my wall because I appear to have a NEMA 6-15 outlet that matches the plug on my A/C unit and ...
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Oven has 2-prong plug plus earth wire. Socket is modern 3-prong. How to connect?

My 110V toaster oven has a 2-prong cable. Also, the oven's chassis has a screw with a connected green/yellow earth wire, which I want to ground. My wall socket is a modern 3-prong with earth and all. ...
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Can I change normal plug to a 15amp round pin plug?

I've got some festoons for a theatre show but the theatre is quite old and I was told they need to have 15amp round pin plugs. Can I just get some ordinary festoons and swap the plug into a 15amp ...
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Why are corded Drills so different from cordless drills?

Typically the difference between the wired and wireless tool should be the wire or lack there off. However the the corded and cordless drills are both quite different from each other in typical design ...
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Protect plug from damages

The plug from my pressure washer was damaged while moving it, because at some point it was not tied correctly to the body of the washer, and I believe it was caught between the wheels and the washer ...
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Replacing a 110 Air Conditioner plug

I need to replace this plug on my 110 AC unit. (Cord is in good condition) Lowe's has a similar plug but with only three wire connections ( I would like to use this stock plug as an OEM replacement ...
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Wiring ethernet cable from AT&T fiber Modem to a specific room

I currently have internet service with At&t and interested in wiring an Ethernet connection into one of the rooms in the house (I will call this room1). I called At&t to ask how much it would ...
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Why are these receptacles so difficult to plug into?

I just moved into a new apartment with these weird receptacles that make it very difficult to plug anything in. Is there a trick to these? Or is it normal for it to be extremely difficult to plug into ...
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Recommendation for power cord replacement plugs [closed]

Can anyone recommend a good quality brand of replacement plugs for power cords? I've used them for... power tools equipment (120 and 240) extension cords (up to 50 amp) etc. ...and the ones they ...
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Blue cable in 220v air conditioner plug & cord?

I'm looking to replace the plug on a window air conditioner unit that uses a 6-20 240v plug. However, in addition to the cord having two hots and ground, there's a small blue cable that I'm not sure ...
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How do I fix a broken power cord

My dog chewed through the plug end of a air purifier that I have in my house. I was wondering if it was possible to buy a plug by itself connect the end of this cord into the plug safely. Below is a ...
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What is this electric plug called?

I need to buy a replacement for a twist-locking electric plug that looks like this: Picture of the socket: Searching online I can't seem to find anything that matches. The closest thing I found are ...
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How do I plug my three prong dryer plug up when I have a four prong outlet?

I have a new outlet (in an older house) with 4 hole socket and an older (4 years old) dryer. The dryer currently has a three pin plug. What are my options for connecting the dryer to the newer outlet?...
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Electrical wires identical

I’m trying to replace a plug on a washer cord. I’m having a hard time identifying neutral and positive even using the 6 items in the electric code 400.22 that is suppose to distinguish the two. In ...
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Activating hot water recirculation pump in garage via extension cord under kitchen sink

I have a hot water recirculation pump installed near the water heater that is located in the garage which provides instant hot water via dedicated 1/2" copper pipes. Although I have a timer that ...
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How can I use an off-peak controller with my 240v air conditioner?

My unit's window mount A/C unit is pictured. I am looking for a converter of some sort so I can use a utility supplied shutoff device. The Unit itself does not have a temperature control or setting. ...
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Can I plug corded light fixtures in outlets in ceiling per code?

I have build a new pole shed. I installed 20 amp switch with 12/2 wire from the switch to 20 amp outlets in the ceiling to power plug in LED lights. I can plug up to 8 LED lights on a 15 amp circuit (...
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Is it okay to regularly turn off lamps (2) via a power strip rather than their individual switches?

Okay, full disclosure: I know next to nothing about electronics. Just trying out my first little amateur diy project: adding lights to my vanity. So here goes my question. I just bought 2 little ...
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How to connect 5-15P plug into 6-20R receptacle?

I have a computer power supply (PSU), input voltage is 120-240V, I assume I can safely plug it into a 240V outlet. I have one those outlets in my garage, problem is that it is 6-20R type receptable ...
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Cable With Same Plug And Slot (RJ11), What's The Purpose?

I know most connectors that have the same type of plug and slot, or slot and slot, are generally used as extenders. However, I have a cable that's far too short to be useful as an extender. Yet, it's ...
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Proper way to plug in generator cord?

I recently purchased a Champion portable 5500W generator for use with my home's existing transfer switch. It has the familiar 30A L14-30R circular twist lock connector on it, that I use with a 40ft ...
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2-prong cord but 3-prong outlet

I received a new Insignia Voice Speaker for work. It has a 2-prong cord, but all of my office outlets are 3-prong. I'm not finding a converter for this arrangement. Is it safe to plug the cord in ...
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DIY AC Line Splitter

As a computer hardware enthusiast and a fresh DIY-er (just moved into my own house), I've purchased a digital clamp multimeter. Learned the hard way that in order to utilize the clamp to measure ...
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Are voltage adapters suited for long-term use?

I live in the US, where household current is 110/120V. After a recent trip to Europe I'm wondering whether I could buy a 220V appliance there and use it at home. This page says that the best solution ...
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Is a strain relief clamp necessary for dryer cord installation?

Just got a new dryer yesterday, and the installation instructions say I need a strain relief for the power cord. Unfortunately, the delivery guys took my old dryer for recycling and only left the cord ...
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Replace Gfci plug with standard

I need to use a timer for my pool filter but the filter plug is a Gfci so it won't turn on automatically. Can I replace the plug with a standard plug?
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Connecting cooker to UK 3 pin socket

I have just bought an electric cooker, and I haven't got anything to connect it to the three pin socket I have at home (I am in the UK). What should I buy and where should I connect the three (live, ...
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ELV to 5amp circuit?

I have a load of extra low voltage IKEA lamps, each with its own chunky plug-transformer. I recently moved to a house with a 5amp lighting circuit with the small round-pin plug sockets, controlled by ...
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Where to put a cable tie on an electrical cord? [closed]

When it comes to adding an attached cable wrap to a electrical power cord, is there a proper end to place a cable tie? Female end? Male end? I know I can add a wrap to an electrical cord on either ...
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How to determine the polarity of a lamp?

I have a lamp that has a damaged plug. I have a replacement plug, but I'm not sure which wire on the cord should be connected to hot plug and which wire to the neutral plug. I know that the plug had ...
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Unable to get the GFCI plug to reset why

why won't my GFCI plug reset-button reset? It is flashing red and I am unable to get the reset button to pop back.
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Protect electrical cords from damage in storage

I'm essentially asking about power cords on electrical tools. I know how to store higher gauge wires (e.g. USB) to prevent damage and sometimes something like a vacuum cleaner will have hooks to ...
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Mysterious cord running from wall. Safe?

My wife and I are preparing to sell our home and are discovering some weird things. Our home was built in 1958, so it is older. We found this in a corner that had some furniture in front of it. We ...
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Is it safe to unplug my electric water heater daily to save energy?

Could you please help me answer the following questions? 1) Will unplugging my water heater from the socket when not in use damage it? 2) Which energy-saving timer will work with my water heater? ...
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Power cord for a electric range

I have recently purchased a house that was built in 1997 in The state of Arizona. I am purchasing a new electric range and wanted to know if a 3 or 4 prong power cord would be required since I am ...
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180 degree plug adapter

I am trying to charge my car at my workplace however the 110V plugs in the garage are "upside down" and my charging cable is designed to hang downward when the 110V plug is "right side up". Is there ...
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what is burning smell off a new power strip?

Got a new power strip, I detect a very faint burning smell kind of distinct when I stick my nose near it, 2 cm away. The smell is there whether it's connected or not, but amplifies when its working. I ...
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Why my wall sockets are buzzing when I plug something in?

Problem: So whenever I plug something into the wall socket, it gives a little electrical buzzing noise, a bit faint but i can hear it. It stops when its pluged all the way in. The plug is loose in ...
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Replacing GFCI Plug on Hairdryer

I have a fairly old hairdryer, this morning one of the wires going into the plug frayed enough to cause one of the wires to burn up. I love this hairdryer and it should be a very easy fix. I just ...
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Removing a keystone jack from the wall plate

I am about to install some ethernet cord with jacks I know I will upgrade in the future. However, I'd like not to waste the jacks that will be replaced. How will I be able to remove them from the wall ...
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How can NEMA electric plug be safe ?

I'm quite scared every time I have to use NEMA plugs (I live in Japan). Coming from europe, the bottom of the two connectors is insulated This ensure that even if you touch them while plugging/...
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White wire when changing from 4 prong to 3 on dryer

I recently moved into a home with a 3 prong outlet for my 4 prong Kenmore dryer. I went to Home Depot to replace the 4 prong plug with a 3 to match the outlet. I was ready to install the new plug when ...
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What are the dimensions of US outlet holes?

I am specifically referring to the standard NEMA 5-15 three hole outlet that is used in North America. What are the dimensions of the holes in the outlets? Surprisingly, I am having difficulty in ...
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Do I need to seal / moisture-proof an outdoor plug?

I have an outdoor plug socket (UK) in my garden that is ip66 sealed (basically the plug is inside a box that you can open and close). I intend to use this plug for a hot tub in our garden, but there ...
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Electrical Socket Doesn't Work for One Particular Appliance

Under my sink is a working duplex electrical socket. My disposal works regardless of which of the two sockets it is plugged in to. The disposal has a grounded (3-prong) plug and this duplex socket ...
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Wiring for 2 plugs to replace a 2-in-1

Good day, all. Could you please help me with a wiring question? A 2-in-1 plug panel on wall but it’s damaged. I only have 2 separate plugs so planning to replace it. There are 3 wires I found ...
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Is Ground plug replacement necessary?

The ground prong on my backpack vacuum came off and stuck inside a wall outlet. Should I replace the plug or does the ground not matter much? The plug itself gets really hot now when I use the ...
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What is this weird plug?

Trying to use a second-hand oven (bought in France) but it has this strange plug I've never seen before: The wall sockets in the kitchen are just the usual EU one: I searched the hardware store ...
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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How can I use a WeMo controller on a non-standard outlet?

I have an older A/C unit that uses a 6-15p plug. I want to be able to remotely control the unit with a WeMo, but it uses a 5-15r receptacle and plug. The A/C unit says its rated for 208V, and I ...