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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is is safe to plug a surge protector into a 2-prong outlet using a 3-to-2-prong adapter?

I live in an apartment that has essentially no 3-prong electrical outlets. I need to plug in a modest amount of computer equipment (which has a mix of 2- and 3-prong plugs), and I want to plug this ...
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Should I replace ALL the fuses in plugs?

In certain countries (for example the UK), plugs have fuses in them. In most cases, this is a stand 13 A fuse. My question: If I know that a device (to which the plug is attached) won't draw even a ...
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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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Is it ok to let something hang from its plug in a receptacle? (electric car charger)

When I charge my car away from home, sometimes I use the portable 120 volt charge cable that plugs into a normal outlet. At work, we have receptacles mounted a few feet above ground. The charge ...
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Is there a way to get hot water without altering plumbing or electrical wiring too much?

Is there a way (other than collecting water and heating it on the stove ) to get hot/warm water from the tap without having to alter existing plumbing or electrical wiring ?
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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 a standard NEMA 5-15 outlet be installed in a round ceiling box?

In my garage, I installed a series of 4" round ceiling boxes and put plastic (later ceramic) lamp bases on them for some basic lighting. This is the type of box I'm referring to: Image courteously ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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matching max electrical load of count down timer to heated towel bar

I am in Seattle and I have a count down timer I want to hook up to my heated towel bar so the towel bar will go off after an hour or so. the timer says max load is 15A/1875W resistive, 8A/1000W ...
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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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When wiring a mains plug, why are the cables squeezed under the screws and not circled around?

By chance, I ran into a video about a guy ranting about mains plugs used in Britain. In the video, he shows how they are wired as well. So this got me intrigued and I watched a few others. In all ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can I convert a fused dryer outlet to two 20 amp circuits?

We have a dryer plug we no longer use. We would like to make it a quad outlet box instead. The outlet is wired to a fuse panel with 2 30 amp cartridge fuses. Is it within code to switch those 2 fuses ...
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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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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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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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What should I do with the exposed grounding wire during a conversion from hardwired to plug in light fixture?

I am working to convert a hard wire light fixture which I have purchased to a plug in light fixture. The light fixture was designed for outdoor use, but I will be using it inside. Coming out of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What kind of plug adapter do I need?

See the image below. This is from a lamp. Clearly it needs some kind of adapter to go into an outlet (I assume it came with one many years ago). Any idea what the name is of the kind of adapter I need?...
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Wiring a fluorescent T8 fixture to a standard plug

I am looking to connect a T8 fluorescent light fixture (that holds 4 bulbs) to a cord with a plug at the end so I can plug the fixture directly into a standard wall socket (or in my case a light ...
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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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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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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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Cutting strands of wire to fit plug

I am a hvac tech, but my question is I have 2awg stranded and my plug is 6awg, will it matter much if I cut some strands to fit my plug? the plug is 60amp 250vac for a piece of kitchen equipment if ...
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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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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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On the number and shape of my swamp cooler motor cord terminals

As I understand it, most three prong electrical chords are have a hot wire, ground, and neutral terminals (for extra precautions). My swamp cooler motor cord has four prongs as shown here: What is ...
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How to fix a plug socket whose screws don't hold anymore?

I removed the screws of the socket (as shown in the image) to check something, and when I tried screwing it back in, the screw wouldn't hold anymore. It just keeps coming off. I tried sticking the ...