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Can I plug an IEC rated for 10A into the wall?

What I'm trying to do is have this embedded into a hollow table, then I can use it to feed into a couple outlets elsewhere in the table to power a few things, like a low power computer and a printer.
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Is there a benefit to having a switch control an outlet?

In my house there is a switch in every room that controls an outlet. I’ve asked my electrician to remove that so that the outlet is always on. He says it’s safer to have a “control switch” but I can’...
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Fix drywall around electrical box

I decided to replace my kitchen backsplash only to damage the drywall behind it. How do I fix the drywall around electric box so that it is not flimsy and it is safe?
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No power to part of my townhouse

I live in a Townhouse. I have no power except on one level upstairs. Power Box is all good. I am a nurse not an electrician. Thoughts please.
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How can I wire this switched GFCI combo outlet with two neutrals and two hot wires?

I’d like to wire a switched GFCI combo such that the switch controls the GFCI plug. I found this diagram for doing so: This looks easy enough. However, after unscrewing the current outlet, I’m seeing ...
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Outlet for built-in Microwave has 120v/20A (USA) breaker… what amperage receptacle is required?

Currently I'm not able to pull the built-in microwave out to examine the outlet, so am leaning on the expertise here. It is a duplex outlet and the connected breaker is 20A, constructed around 2005. I'...
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Adding Outlet to Switch

I'm trying to add an outlet to this switch box, I live in the UK and tried to diagram this the best I can of what I can see. How do I connect a T+E cable (attached to an outlet) to this system?
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Outlet not working

Yesterday, I was replacing an old outlet didn't notice it was a metal box, and when I was pulling out the outlet, I hit the side, and it sparked; Oops. Anyways I noticed another outlet in the room was ...
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Torque for receptacles and light switches

When connecting wires to the screw terminals on receptacles or light switches, what torque should they be tightened to if no torque is indicated either on the device itself or in its installation ...
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Split switched receptacles all stay hot regardless of switch position

I have removed and verified the wiring and tab removal on all receptacles with no problems found. Somewhere the red hot (switched) conductor and the black hot (un-switched) conductor must be bonded. ...
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Help wiring a GFCI outlet with multiple wires in the box

I was replacing/upgrading some electrical outlets in my house to GFCI. I did two of them, the third one is in the garage. The box has an outlet and a poll switch, I went to replace it but the outlet ...
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Wiring issue need help

Ok...so I have an electrical issue that I am having some difficulty figuring out. I have 3 lights in the perimeter of my property with 2 being on the problem feed. The 1 light on the other side of ...
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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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Why are some of my circuits not working?

It started with the oven not getting power and than if you turn on the front element on high everything would come on but not heat to full capacity and if you turned off the element or turned it off ...
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Techniques to wrap the innards of electrical switches and outlets with electrical tape?

In the comments section of this question, MacGuyver's distant cousin MacGuffin recommended wrapping the innards of electrical switches and outlets with electrical tape to avoid any accidental shorts. ...
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I replaced a light fixture, now one specific outlet doesn’t work and the light fixture goes dim when something is plugged in

Here’s the layout: there is a light fixture at the top of the stairs. There is one switch for this fixture at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. On an adjacent wall up stairs, there is an ...
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Why is my receptacle tester not showing a complete lack of ground?

I've been using a receptacle tester which shows me that my outlets are perfect as far as it can tell. Yet I know for a fact that ground is completely missing from many of the receptacles I've tested. ...
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Electrical outlet behind TV — surge protection — Voltage Protection Rating 330? Does it exist?

I am looking to wire an outlet behind the TV that we just mounted to our wall. I've been looking at outlets with surge protection to keep what is behind the TV mount as minimalist as possible. But I'...
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2 GFCI's in master bathroom. Neither works

In our master bedroom we have 2 separate vanities and each has it's own GFCI. That's how the house was when we bought it. At some point neither worked. So I replaced both and they still don't work and ...
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When do I need a neutral on a 240V branch circuit?

I'm installing a 240V outlet in my shop to run a welder and I'm trying to understand when a neutral is needed and when it's not. The welder has a NEMA 6-50P plug, so I don't need to run a neutral ...
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bathrooms outlets have no power

This is the scenario. Two floor house. The bathrooms' outlets in the second floor have no power. I checked the outlet and there is not a loose wire. I checked the breakers and reset them and ...
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Is it okay to pigtail 12AWG and 14AWG on a 15AMP circuit?

While working in my attic I lightly bumped a stud that had an outlet box as well as a switch that controls my attic light attached to it and when I did sparks shot out of the outlet and the circuit ...
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Electrical Problem, or is there?

Tonight I had a breaker that kept tripping. Recently I had a wiring issue on a different circuit and got that fixed, but now this circuit is tripping my breaker. I disconnected absolutely everything ...
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Outlet box between shallow and standard?

Is there an outlet box that's shallower than a standard, but not as shallow as a "shallow"? I need a box that's smaller than a standard, but don't need one that's SO shallow. Hoping there's ...
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Can I make a switched outlet constant hot

I have one switch that controls an outlet and my ceiling fan. The fan has a light as well In the switch box there are 2 feeds. One is regular hot, neutral, ground. (Assuming my hot from panel) Then ...
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Fridge tripping GFCI Outlet

I just got a new fridge and put the old one in the garage. It's connected to a GFCI outlet which it's tripping intermittently. It's not the breaker that's tripping, it's the outlet itself. The fridge ...
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What wire should I run to my garage for tools and a welder?

I will be running 240v to my garage to wire up an outlet. From the Panel in our basement to the plug location it is about 30M(~100ft) away. I am hoping to have an outlet in my garage that can service ...
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Receptacle outlet between garage doors?

I want to install an outlet in between two garage doors. I am wondering if there is something in NEC which either explicitly prohibits, or forces to treat, an outlet in this location as an ...
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Half Hot Outlet Tripping when Light is connected

I am hoping someone might be able to share some insight as to what I can next do to troubleshoot this problem. In my room I have 3 outlets, the last one in the in circuit is a half-hot outlet ...
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Troubleshoot my outlet

My fridge in the garage stopped working. The outlet had no power, I replaced the outlet but still no power. Here are some observations I made: The lights sharing the same breaker switch turns on and ...
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Can I extend 20 amp garage outlet? Or can I only move it?

In attached garage there is a receptacle with a single 20 amp outlet (marked as "Freezer" in a breaker panel). It is in inconvenient location. The idea is to extend this circuit to an area ...
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Changing a switched outlet to half-hot and found pigtails

I’m trying to change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet. The receptacle itself had one black wire and two white wires (plus ground), and then I saw a pigtail with two black and one white wire. I ...
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Is there a way to determine the order of items on a circuit?

Just purchased a new house and have been doing some electrical work, and I've been surprised at how many things have been crammed into single circuits. For example, one circuit seems to serve four ...
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Broken ground wire in receptacle box

I’m pretty new to home DIY and had to replace a few outlets this weekend. On the last one the ground wire snapped as soon as I unscrewed the old outlet. It looks like the wire was clamped to the other ...
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Rewiring switched ceiling lights and outlet switched top receptacle to switched ceiling lights and always on outlet

In my living room there are: Recessed dimmable ceiling lights A switch with a dimmer An outlet where the top receptacle is only on when the ceiling lights are on. The bottom receptacle is always on. ...
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Code check: Installing a garage security flood light

Below is my current understanding of end-to-end project for installing a garage security flood light. Wonder whether this is NEC 2017 code compliant or not. Any suggestions/recommendations are welcome!...
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What happen if misaligned connect 6 outlet

Mistake can happen, so because the design. Will the electricity work okay?
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Plugging in my dishwasher and water filter to the same outlet with an extender

I have two appliances that I need to plug in to the same outlet. These are: A dishwasher - Bosch Benchmark 40-Decibel Top Control 24-in Built-In Dishwasher (Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR A water ...
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Can i use Existing Light fitting to power video doorbell?

---UK HOME--- I have the feeling the answer is going to be no but let's see. Currently i only have a light switch and ceiling light in my front porch and no power socket. I want to install a video ...
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Best solution for outdoor outlet with permanent connection?

I have a circular junction box on my deck (outside) where I can presumably attach an outlet, and it is connected to a switch. I have string lights I'd like to permanently connect to to this outlet (...
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Question regarding confusing outlet smart switch install

I've been recently trying to install 2 new smart switches in place of some older light switches, but I cant for the life of me figure this out. Here is a picture I drew of the current wiring as I can ...
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Is it safe to swap a 30A “Dryer Socket” with a 40A “Range Socket” if the breaker is 40A?

Just bought a house built in 1979 and am working on renovations. Today we had a new range delivered and ran into an issue trying to install it. Essentially, the old range was connected to a 30A "...
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Once outlet removed others in separate room don’t work

Doing a remodel in our formal dinning room and need to remove an outlet. Once outlet removed, outlets in other room don’t work. Once I reconnected the outlet other outlets worked. How do I remove the ...
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What can I replace oversized waterproof outlet cover with?

In my house I have two external outlets like this: Both of them cracked and need replacement. Though I found a straight replacement (Leviton 4986-GY 1-Gang Duplex Device Wallplate Cover, Oversize, ...
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Usage of 125V 20A receptacle for 240V 1A circuit

I need to instal a receptacle in my 240VAC, 3 phase machine for a 12V, 1A adapter. Adapter is good for 120-240VAC input. I happen to have a 125V, 20A duplex receptacle on hand. Is it okay to use it ...
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adding line to same power source causes light switch to stay on

New enclosee porch. I'm installing 2 single pole light switches and an outlet using 12-2. first light switch powers 1 fixtures (den lights) second light switch powers 2 fixtures (exterior wall ...
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240 V dryer outlet is reading 245 V

My 30 A dryer outlet reads 122 and 123 V on my multimeter (a total of 245 V). Will this be a problem for a new modern dryer if it is higher than 240 V? It is a three prong outlet.
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240v reading on a 120v outlet

I just got back from visiting the house I am moving into in two weeks. I was checking out the electrical circuits in the garage to see how I will be able to run my woodworking tools. I did not get ...
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Electrical Outlet/Switch Cover Vanity Plate Screw Issues

I am taking the time to update all of my outlets and switches in my home since they are 14+ years old or older and most of them are the METALLIC and NOT NYLON and have the vanity/cover plate entirely ...
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Outlet has ground wire connected to neutral and I am trying to replace it with GFCI

While replacing some old receptacles I found this. The wiring is old and clearly whomever installed it was trying to trick someone from seeing it isn't grounded. This is the first in the circuit and ...

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