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A contact device installed at the outlet for the connection of an attachment plug.

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Using switched outlet to power a wall controller

I have a Lutron RadioRA2 keypad that needs power and I want to put it where I currently have a switch for an outlet. I swapped it in and it works if I have a load attached to the outlet. In my case a ...
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USB Capable Outlets in the middle of a circuit

I want to install a USB capable outlet in the middle of a run but every USB capable outlet seems to only have two screws plus the ground. Can I install both whites and reds on the appropriate screws?
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Stacked Washer/Dryer not getting enough power

I just got a brand new stacked GE washer/dryer. I have a 30A breaker and I am running 10/2 with a 3 prong outlet. The breaker is double pole and I have the black wire in one and white in the other and ...
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Do I really need to include a wall switched lighting outlet in every room?

According to the Black & Decker Wiring book, the NEC indicates that each room should include at least one "switch-operated lighting outlet". Is that true even in rooms that have overhead ...
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How can I break cable loose from the junction box?

I was hoping to rerun the Ethernet (Cat 5e) cable from the main panel to one of the rooms. The plan is to attach the new cable to the old one in the room and then pull the old cable from the panel ...
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Home Electricity - What kind of outlet box is this

Scenario One of the 110v outlet boxes in our home had a "sagging" faceplate. It turned out that the screws for the plate didn't have a traditional threads to screw into. Upon further ...
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What is an acceptable way to ground receptacles branched off of an old 2-wire electrical circuit?

I have a house built in the '50s, and some of the runs are done with what appear to be original 12/2 cloth-sheathed wire without a grounding conductor (just hot and neutral). I'm looking to install ...
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NEMA 5-15 on 6awg wire

I have an outlet with a 14-50 recepticle in it.I want to add a 5-15 to the box on the same circuit. I've done this before with a 14-30 and 5-15 on 10awg without issue. Since I now have 6age wire, what'...
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Why is there only one receptacle in this outlet?

This looks like an outlet with only one receptacle, but why? It's mounted about 7' up, in a basement-level room in a school building. It is stamped 15A/125V, but I've never seen something like this ...
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Dead circuit, breaker not tripped, one gfci in the circuit and it is not tripped

I have a few dead outlets in my house and also two also dead outside, all on the same circuit. Circuit breaker at the panel is not tripped. When I press the test button on that breaker at the panel ...
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Is it safe to use new work plastic device boxes with spray foam insulation?

Looking to use plastic outlet boxes (NuTek One Gang Plastic Device Box - 18 cu-inches) for a home renovation. I've taken the exterior walls down to the studs and will run new 12/2 20A circuits with ...
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Can a circuit connecting to an outlet be branched as a subpanel?

Can I have something like this, or does the cable run from the panel to the subpanel need to be dedicated? Main Panel+Breaker -> 40A dryer box with Outlet -> Subpanel+Breakers -> More ...
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Can I legally add an outlet with 2 screws when the previous outlet was passthough with 4 screws?

My existing wiring has 2 black and 2 white and a ground. One pair is obviously source. The 2nd pair passes to the next outlet. The current outlet has 4 screws: black on one side and white on the other....
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Need a GFI that will notify me remotely when it is tripped, and let me reset ist remotely [closed]

I travel frequently and have a GFI that goes off occasionally - average 1-2 times a month. Reason it goes off is that it has a circuit that is wired underground and I don't want to go to the expense ...
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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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Recessed LEDs, Wall Socket and Other Light Working Intermittently

I have 4 recessed LED lights above my fireplace mantle that have been working intermittently (ie. they work for a few days, and then won't come on for months). This issue also affects the wall socket ...
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Rewire fully switched outlet to half-hot

I've read this question and its answers and my situation is the same: there are only 3 wires in the outlet box: switched hot, neutral, and ground; but I need another wire for always-hot. The switch ...
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What kind of strain relief should I use for PVC conduit at a metal box?

The old owners left an unfinished electrical box that was the to be outlet for an EV car charger and I am thinking of gearing up to finish it( 3 foot run from the panel) however the only thing that is ...
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Mismatch Circuit and Plug/Receptacle?

A am installing a couple new 220 lines and I need the same plug and receptacles as my dryer which happen to be NEMA 10-50P & 10-50R. While looking at my box I noticed that the dryer was on a 30 ...
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New outlets installed with wires for switch control, but tabs left intact

Before moving into our house recently I had inquired about a pair of switches in the living room that seemingly did nothing. The seller said that they were for a couple of the outlets in the living ...
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Is there such a thing as an outlet with an indicator current is being drawn? [closed]

I'm looking for an outlet for two plugs. Each plug should have an LED or something that turns on when current is drawn from that particular plug. Is there such a thing? Searching the web for "...
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Can I run a 120 for a receptacle off a 50 amp circuit?

I have a 50 amp wire capped from a previous oven that was removed. I want to put a receptacle in where this is located. When I wire it up my tester shows my hot/neutral reversed no matter how I wire ...
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Is it possible to change a floor mount receptacle from raised to flush?

We just built a new home and had a couple of floor mount receptacles put in the living room to accommodate for where furniture is placed away from the walls. The GC put in raised floor receptacles ...
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Why would a wall outlet read 12 V AC at 3 kHz?

I have an exposed wire coming out of a wall, I believe the old owners of the house had a wine fridge or some other appliance installed in the space. I went to install an outlet on this wire and ...
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Best Circuit for Kitchen Receptacle

I have a 3-gang box above my kitchen counter with 3 switches: One for a lighting circuit One for the under-sink disposal One for the dishwasher Nobody wants a wall switch to turn off the dishwasher, ...
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Is it possible to downconvert 30A/240V to 15A/110V by replacing a circuit breaker?

I recently moved into a new apartment with... "curious" wiring. There is a single 15 amp/110 volt outlet that is directly wired to a 30 amp / 240v breaker. I suspect there used to be a drier ...
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Can kitchen island receptacles serve one of the two required small appliance branch circuits?

Remodeling a kitchen - I already have the two required 20A circuits. However, due to removing a wall to open things up, the receptacles that one of the branches serviced will no longer exist and there ...
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GFCI receptacle connected to Multi-Wire Branch Circuit

I have a Multi-wire branch circuit & would like to connect GFCI receptacles. The MWBC currently powers dimmable LED lights in basement. In process of finishing basement. I would like to extend ...
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Why are there 3 wire conductors on this outlet circuit

Hey there I’m an apprentice electrician and still learning so please forgive me on my lack of knowledge here, but I had a friend who asked me to change out some receptacles in their house for them ...
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Wiring mystery, two wire switch to 3 wire plug

I have a light that is plugged into a double gang wall recepticle. One plug is controlled by a light switch. When I went to move the receptacle I noticed that the wired plug had a red wire going to ...
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How to make the top and bottom receptacles of a single outlet controlled by different switches

I am attempting to wire a single duplex receptacle to be controlled by two separate switches. I want the top receptacle to be controlled by one switch and the bottom receptacle to be controlled by a ...
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Does adding a receptacle to a circuit require updating to AFCI?

Remodeling a kitchen. I'll be adding two new circuits dedicated to the microwave and fridge. I'll also be reconfiguring the countertops which will result in having to add another outlet to meet code ...
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Unexpected wood behind drywall (under stairs)

I was trying to install an electric receptacle inside our pantry (there is an existing receptacle on the opposite side of the same wall). I used a magnetic stud finder and determined where the studs ...
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Can I fix ceiling fan in this existing outlet?

I had a chandler light in dining area (first floor - no attic access) where I want put a ceiling fan. I am not sure the existing outlet box can hold the weight of the new ceiling fan. Here is the ...
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Should I use a 14-50 outlet with #10 wire for a 30A range?

I'm getting a new dual fuel range and am figuring out how to connect the electric. It's a Thor brand, model HRD3088ULP. The oven specifies that it should use a 30 Amp breaker, but also should use a 14-...
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Replacing old outlet with GFI

Having to replace an old outdoor convenience outlet w/ a GFI outlet thanks to a pool install (it's well far away from water, but 19ft is one foot short of the 20' required by the city to not have to ...
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Looking to add the 220v outlet in the garage - possible no fuse box in the garage?

I live in a condo (built in 1983) with only 3 apartments in the building, and I am the only one with a garage in the building. I am planning to add the 220v outlet in the garage (will hire an ...
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Is my outlet 20Amp or 15Amp?

My outlet has the horizontal line, so should be 20Amp, no ? Still the breaker that controls it (the one written Fridge/Oven on it) is 15 Amp. Am I missing something ? Did they install the wrong outlet ...
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Best approach to convert single gang, non-GFCI outdoor outlet to two GFCI outlets on two new circuits?

I have an outdoor outlet that is on a 20A circuit shared with several indoor outlets. It's the old kind with a flap door that protects the outlets from rain when not in use. There's no GFCI. I want ...
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How can I connect a dimmer and outlet in the same box?

I am really confused on how to connect this new dimmer to my bathroom GFCI outlet. This one has screws. Old dimmer stopped working and had wires. New dimmer and outlet: Outlet wiring: Both lights ...
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Can an outside 13A socket gang be connected via a new junction box on an existing outdoor supply?

This is in the UK. We have a 240V outside electrical supply via a dedicated consumer unit: The cable is 3 CORE BS5467 XLPE SWA ARMOURED CABLES 600/1000V https://www.powerandcables.com/product/product-...
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Ultra thin (flat) cover plate for disabled outlet box?

I'm installing IKEA Pax cabinets around two walls of a large room. I've removed the baseboards so that the cabinet backs can be completely flush against the wall as required. There are two outlets on ...
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gfci for multi wire branch circuit dishwasher & disposal

I'm remodeling a place built in the 80s and found that the dishwasher and disposal are on a multi wire branch circuit - i.e. live wires come from separate breakers but shared neutral. AFAIK in ...
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How to attach electric receptacle when screws broke off

I’m trying to replace an electrical outlet. As I tried to unscrew the screws holding the outlet to the box, the heads broke off; one is basically flush while the other has a little bit of the shaft ...
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Can I use a 240v baseboard heater wires for a 230v outlet receptacle?

I have an old Intertherm 240v hard-wired baseboard heater and would like to take the wiring and convert it into a 230v outlet instead. The heater is connected to 3 wires, white, black, and a ground. ...
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High Voltage Reading on Brand New Receptacle I put in. Normal?

I just put in a brand new 15amp outlet receptacle. It's on a 20amp circuit, so I used 12/2 wiring. I tapped into another 15amp receptacle for power. I have a voltage detector that just measure High/...
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How to cope with an electrical box set too deep in the wall?

I have an electrical box that is set about 1/8" too deep in the wall so when the switchplate is installed the receptable plugs are sunken into the plate and recessed. How can I position the ...
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Where to feed in wires in this retrofit shallow electrical box (Carlon B117RSW)

I've replaced some switches inside of a box before, but never replaced the full box, so I am bit stumped on how to actually feed the wires into this Carlon B117RSW Old Work Shallow Outlet Box. Since I'...
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How to use non-standard dryer outlet?

The summary: I have a dryer that I've owned for likely a decade now. I believe it came with a three-prong cable (where the grounding is pulling double-duty on one of the three prongs.) However, in my ...
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Replacing an old 20A Receptacle on a 15A Circuit

I am a noob on everything electrical here so really appreciate your input. The location is a 30 yr. old condo with 1 bathroom at southern California. BACKGROUND I am replacing the GFCI receptacle in ...

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