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

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Adding an outlet to a hall closet

I'd like to add an outlet to a 1st floor hall closet where I store tools. The water meter for the house is in this closet, but nothing else (e.g. no water heater, furnace, etc.). The closet is ...
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I have 10/3 wire. Can I replace my 3 prong outlet with 4 prong for a dryer?

In my house there was a 3-prong outlet for the dryer and when I opened it I saw that there is 4 wires and the ground and neutral are on the same terminal. Can I change the outlet to a 4 prong? The hot ...
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Why are some outlets still out after replacing an outlet?

So I had an outlet that was sparking and sometimes cutting out (till I moved it to an angle) so I decided to change it. Turned the breaker off, replaced it, turned it back on and find out my room and ...
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Should I cover or move this outlet?

I've got this lovely situation in my garage where there's an outlet right above the deep sink, and while I don't have my tape measure handy I'm fairly certain this is less than 6' from the sink, and ...
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Grounding my 4 gang metal electrical box

I have a 4 gang metal electrical box with a receptacle, a fan switch, a light switch and a timer for a towel warmer. The honeywell timer does not require to be grounded. For the receptacle i would ...
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Diagnose 125v 20a receptacle voltage

I am replacing a 20A 250V receptacle with a NEMA 5-20 and am seeing voltages I can't explain. Hot-ground: 122v Neutral-ground: 20v Hot-neutral: 95v What could be the problem here? Details Turned ...
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What is this four-outlet ungrounded receptacle called?

I found this receptacle installed and connected in an old work box with a regular receptacle plate in a U.S. house built in the early 1950s. It accepts up to four ungrounded, unpolarized plugs! Does ...
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How to run Gfci outlets

I want to run 12/3 wire to gfci-outlet-outlet-outlet-gfci-outlet-outlet-outlet. How can I accomplish that? There will also be 2 separate breakers
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Questions regarding my plan for new 50A circuit (with pictures)

Overview Pictures/diagrams at the end. I will pull permits and would like to do this correctly. I will be disconnecting an unused 40A circuit and replacing it with a new 50A circuit to my garage for ...
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Will using surge protectors with a two prong outlet adapter help against power fluctuations

I know that all surge protectors/upc's need outlets that are earthed and three pronged to safely protect against lightnings, but I would like to know if they can help against power fluctuations, even ...
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Outlet looks like a NEMA 10-50 but is only stamped at 30

There is an electric stove plugged into this outlet. I can't tell what plug it is to make an adapter for car charging. This is in the U.S.
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Use of 20 Amp Breaker and 12/2 Cable for Circuit Containing 15 Amp Duplex Receptacles [duplicate]

What is the rationale behind using a 20 amp circuit breaker with 12/2 cable for a circuit that only contains 15 amp duplex receptacles? I understand the rationale behind using 12/2 cable instead of 14/...
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What Kind of Outlet Allows 1 In-Wall Light Switch w 2 Outlets to Control 2 Sconces w Semi-Independent On/Off Buttons & Outlets on Each?

I have a bathroom light switch with two outlets and one light switch. The switch turns on/off two wall-mounted sconces. Both sconces have their own on/off buttons and an outlet. The buttons on the ...
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Room Full of Working 120V Electrical Outlets, Except One Doesn't

I have a room with 5 duplex outlets (including 1 GFCI) and 2 single pole switches on a 20 amp circuit. One outlet isn't working and measures 0V from hot-neutral, 1V from hot to ground and 1V from ...
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3 wire source to a 2 wire plug and light

I have a 3-wire source powering one (1) outlet in my garage (probably meant just for the washer/dryer - nothing else on the circuit). I had my washer/dryer moved and re-wired off another separate ...
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Wall-mounted Ethernet switch, how to install?

I have a wall-mounted Ethernet switch that is supposed to be mounted partially inside a wall or panel. There is a mounting bracket included that would fit a standard 60mm can, however the switch does ...
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Breaker sending power to lights but 3 outlets wont work

Our breaker flips often, and today the power shut our tv and window a/c off. I went to go flip the breaker but only the lights came on. I checked it again and again and still nothing. Only power to ...
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How do I wire this light switch?

In particular I don’t know what to think of the gray wire. Most resources online suggest gray is neutral. If I treat gray as black I would go black to black, grey to red, red to red/white, green to ...
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Adding extra outlets to reduce breaker tripping?

I have recently changed my attic to be my bedroom, the attic wasn't designed to be lived in so there are only 2 outlets. I have a 500 watt PC, portable AC, aquarium heater and heating bulb and much ...
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What is Texas code for kitchen electrical outlet near sink and cooktop

I would like to know the permitted height of an electrical outlet from the kitchen sink countertop or cooktop.
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Changing Out Receptacles

Hello I am changing out your standard electrical receptical with a USB one However, the issue I am running into is that the USB receptacle has a body that is larger than the junction box in the wall ...
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No power at outlets and lights, no bad breakers

In the living dining room several outlets and two overhead lights are dead. At the service panel I checked all the circuit breakers outputs for power, and all are live. I also checked every GFI ...
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Electrical outlet installed by previous owner had Black and Green wires wired together

I've replaced dozens of outlets in my life without incident. This time, when I pulled the outlet away from the box, I found something odd. The white (neutral) wire was as it should be. But, you know ...
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Light switch not working; both outlets are always hot

I have a single pole light switch with a hot red wire secured at the top and a hot black wire at the bottom. I then have a handful of outlets wired with the metal tab broken separating the hot red ...
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Why does my water heater stop heating when some outlets don't have power?

I just bought a house 2 months ago. The water heater has been working fine until now. We experienced some receptacles in our kitchen coming in and out (meaning they'd work and then quit, work and then ...
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Electric outlet on roof [closed]

I have a flat roof for my 1100 sqft home which I expect to replace or recover in a couple years. I'm considering whether I should mount an outdoor gfci electrical outlet, just coming straight up like ...
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4 outlets and 2 switches not working

Yesterday morning I woke up and had 4 outlets and 2 switches not working. I tested the outlets and have 0 ACV. The breaker shows 120 ACV. Took all the outlets apart and noticed one had over heated on ...
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How do I know which wire is which is this old switch?

I'm replacing the following: With this one: But since there's not a white, I have no idea which is neutral. I tried hooking it up as pictured, but only the red wire had any power (and the switch ...
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No power to some outlets after short circuit

My room is connected to the room next to it so if I switch the breaker off my room and the room next to it all power turns off. I had an extension cord with wires that were exposed; they touched and ...
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All outlets but one work in bedroom

To preface my question: I’m not too familiar with electrical and am planning to most likely have an electrician come take a look at my house. My upstairs bedroom and guest bedroom are both running on ...
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breakers all putting out power but outlet not working

Was using a power drill on a gfci outlet and power suddenly stopped. The trip light did not go on on the outlet but the test button cannot be pushed (means no power, correct?) I took off the gfci and ...
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Wall outlet trips circuit breaker

This is a normal 15A 125V wall outlet in my dining room. It consists of 2 black hot wires, 2 white neutral wires, and a bare copper ground wire. Here is the problem. If I wire all 4 wires to the 4 ...
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Can not find the circuit breaker without power

I have an outdoor outlet that when I came home, the cover was open. The outlet is dead. The GFCI is in the master bathroom and another is in the other bathroom and both are dead. When I push the ...
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GFI outlets not working - resets working

4 outside GFI outlets and 2 in the garage not working. One in the garage has a GFI red light. The light is powered on, but outlet doesn't work. The Elec Panel GFI is not tripped. Help
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Using existing outdoor outlet to run underground supply to fountain

[![I would like to run a 25' underground uf cable to power a fountain. The closest outdoor GFI outlet is pictured below. As the existing outlet is flush with the aluminum siding, I would like to ...
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Outlets not working after space heater was plugged in

So this all happened when someone plugged in a space heater into a bedroom outlet. it caused a breaker to blow and a few outlets to stop working aswell. At first i just thought it was a breaker that ...
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wires to outlet died all of a sudden

There is one double three-prong outlet in one of our bathrooms. All of a sudden it stopped working. The bathroom also has four light switches. They all work. I switched the breaker to off, removed the ...
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Multiple outlets stopped working in the house

Suddenly multiple outlets stopped working in Kitchen and living room. Just some more info - I was using my insta pot in the kitchen when this happened but it wasn't the first time I used it. I ...
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adding light switch to an existing circuit

I am converting a sitting area off our master bedroom into a walk-in closet, which requires me to add two separate switches (one for ceiling lights, one for a pair of wall sconces). The previous set-...
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can I install new leviton outlet without ground wire?

I bought a leviton tamper resistant outlet(No. T5325) to replace the old one in my living room. the old one has 2 hot wires and 2 neutral wires, but has no ground wire. Can I just wire the new outlet ...
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How should I connect GFCI outlets where the wires loop over the existing outlet?

Hopefully this picture explains it all. However I'm confused what to do with my hot and neutral wires in a loop like this. Obviously these lines are connected to outlets down the line, but I'm not ...
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Outlet Change with 4 Hot Wires

I was swapping a standard outlet in my kitchen out for one with USB ports in it. When I cracked it open, I noticed the existing outlet had 4 hot wires on it (2 black connected to the upper hot ...
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How should I connect a GFCI outlet on a well pump circuit?

I need help installing a GFI that's outside house. In the box there are 2 white wires and 2 black & bare ground. One set of wires come from the house and the other 2 go to a well. I tried hooking ...
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Wiring an outlet from a light switch?

I've just moved into a new place which has an outhouse. In there, there is an overhead fluorescent light (and two more under the floorboards for some reason) as well as two 2-socket outlets. The ...
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Need to add an outlet under a sink (for garbage disposal)

I am replacing a garbage disposal and the old one was wired right from the wall switch to the disposal. The new one has a plug, so it would be much easier to install an outlet under the sink and plug ...
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Outlet lost power

I have two receptacles that I haven't used in months that now don't have power. One is outside in the back of house, the other is in the garage - in the front of house. They are on different circuit ...
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How do I wire a switch to control 2 outlets (all outdoor)?

I have an existing outdoor outlet and want to put move it to another location but I want to add a switch to control the relocated outlet plus add a new outlet in another location (both controlled by ...
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Can I make a switched outlet which is connected to light hot all the time without running new wire?

I have power coming into the switch box connected to light switch & fan switch via pigtail - (one white, one black & one ground each) - the neutrals (white are wire nutted together - the ...
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What type of outlet has a button and small hole in the middle?

I just had a home inspection done for a home we are planning to purchase. The home inspector saw an electrical outlet and didn't know what the part in the middle was for/what was special about it. ...
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Replacing 4-wire outlet and didn't label the order — does it matter?

I'm replacing an outlet that has 2 black wires and 2 white wires. When removing the old outlet, I didn't keep tabs on which black wire was on top and which was on bottom (as well as the whites). I'm ...