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

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Why are there 2 wires taped together? 2 white and 2 black

I'm switching out all my outlets and found that every white and black wire has an additional one taped to it. What is the reason for this and should I redo the connections with caps?
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Trying to place an outlet plate flat to the wall

My wife bought a wall switch/outlet plate, and I immediately realized that normal plates are convex, a bit of gap for the screws holding the outlets to the electrical box. I am thinking I can leave ...
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External GFCI Won't Reset

Last night we had a good rain storm and an exterior GFCI outlet tripped. That outlet is controlled by a switch in my foyer and is used to turn walkway lights on or off. The test button of the outlet ...
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Indoor switch for outside outlet

According to the NEC, if I have an outside power outlet, like on my deck, that is part of a bigger circuit with other outlets, do I have to have an indoor switch that controls that outlet so that I ...
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electrial with freezer outlet

I have a default outlet that a small freezer is connected to. Everytime there is an electrial outage, my freezer defrosts. Is it possible to change to a regular outlet?
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Why doesn't the top half of my outlet work?

Outlet top not working. Has black wire on each brass screw / white wire on each silver screw. Tabs are not broken. No fixtures attach to this. Is this ok?
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Can I run a ground wire from a cheater plug to another 3-prong outlet to ground it?

I live in an old house with my parents (who are the homeowners), and have a problem where some of the electrical outlets in the oldest parts of the house have not been upgraded from two-prong to three-...
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How to frame an outlet between studs

I’m remodeling an old kitchen. Drywall is removed. I’d like to add a receptacle in a spot between studs. I suppose I could add a stud but it is a 10’ ceiling and would hate to waste a 2x4 just for the ...
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Outlet has blown twice after circuit worked fine for months

Original scenario (see edit below) As with many people, I have been working from home since last year. Last fall, I moved my workspace into my basement. The area I'm working in is serviced by a chain ...
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Replacing receptacle wallplate with nightlight, but terminals are not exposed

I went to change the existing wall plate with a wall plate that has a built-in night light when I went to do this I noticed the wiring on the outlet itself is covered by what looks to be a plastic box ...
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Proper way to ground a 240v metal outlet box?

I am replacing the circuit to our stove and am doing the rough in currently. We may one day want a stove requiring more amperage than our current 40 amps and so I am replacing with 6-3 w/ground. I ...
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Replacing middle of circuit outlet with doorbell transformer

I am replacing an outlet in the middle of a run with doorbell transformer. The outlet is not required for code and the transformer is one that is rated to be installed in a 2 gang box. Yes, I will be ...
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How can I fix the mounting of these outlets in this box that is taller than the outlet?

I have 4 outlets in my garage mounted in an exposed box where they do not seem to be centered. (This seems to be a 4-11/16" box.) Removing the cover plate reveals that each pair of outlets is ...
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Pull power from hard-wired smoke detector?

I'd like to put a power outlet in a closet to power some tech. I have access to the attic above the closet so I'm looking for possible sources to tap into. I first thought about ceiling-mounted lights,...
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Removing Ceiling Fan with two switches - with a light fixture. Can I make one switch an outlet?

Technically I don’t need any switches since I’m using smart bulbs, but is there a way I can make one of the switches an outlet? The ceiling fan wires are Ground, Red, White and Black. I’ll have to ...
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Rigidity (and height) of drywall around outlet hole

We are dealing with a subpar contractor who has tried multiple times now to repair a small section of subway tile that they previously cracked. I suspect that their current strategy is going to lead ...
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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? [closed]

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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