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

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Removing outlet with 3 sets of wires

I have 3 conduits (1 2 3), each with a set of black B, white W, and ground G wires. They were previously connected to an duplex outlet I want to remove. The duplex outlet have 2 screws each side (L ...
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What is the best electrical box for stucco wall

We added a 3-season room, which used to be a covered patio before. I am currently doing rough electrical work. Plan to add 6 electrical boxes to bring it to the code. Two outlets went to the new wall ...
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Replacing a switch from switched outlet with duplex receptacle

I have a switched outlet underneath my sink, probably from a garbage disposal. It's in a 2 gang box with two receptacles, one switched, one not. There is a switch on the wall by the sink to operate ...
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Matching outlets to junction boxes and their covers, by example

Please note: Since creating this question, several community members have explained to me that since I'm running 12/2 and 10/3 I will have a grounding wire and so the electrification concern I ...
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Outlet outside on the porch of my apartment not working

The 15amp outlet(was not GFCI) outside my home on the porch stopped working. When I pulled it out to replace it with a 15amp GFCI outlet I noticed both wires were inserted into the top and bottom ...
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Replace old armored bx with new or convert to Romex in this instance?

I wanted to install another outlet box on the opposite side of this wall. This outlet is 15A and grounded via the metal box and BX cable (verified with GFCI outlet tester before disassembly). Upon ...
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What specific type of wire goes to my duplex and NEMA GFCI outlets?

I am installing 2 outlets in my basement. A buddy is an electrician and is going to come over next weekend and take care of the hookup and breakers inside the service panel. My job is to physically ...
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Pulling outlets from the wall for backsplash install

I’m having my countertops replaced and having my backsplash replaced with the same quartz as the counters, so my outlets will need to be extended for the thicker material. The installer said I needed ...
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Outlet with 2 white and 1 red connected, 2 unconnected black wires

I am replacing some outlets and switches in my home as most of them are old and discolored. When I pulled this one out it had 2 white and 1 red wire connected, and 2 black wires in the box which were ...
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Crossing the neutral wires between line and load on a conventional (non-GFCI) duplex outlet?

I'm replacing a the middle outlet/receptacle on a non-GFCI circuit with two receptacles and I can't for the life of me figure out why the neutral wires are swapped on the middle receptacle. It appears ...
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How do I wire a new duplex GFCI-enabled receptacle to run two 15 amp appliances simultaneously?

Original situation: I have a 14/2 circuit, where the circuit powered 7 lights and 3 outlets. One of those outlets was in the kitchen and was powering a microwave and sometimes an air fryer. During ...
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Can I wire a switch to toggle between the top and bottom outlets of a 1 gang receptacle

Pardon any misused vocabulary, I'm still kinda new to this stuff. I have a dedicated 15 amp circuit wired to a 1 gang, 2 outlet receptacle under my kitchen sink that powers the disposal. The entire ...
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Why run the same phase twice to a series of outlet?

Just found the setup in the photos below. This circuit was run with 3 wires + ground. White is neutral, Black and Red are on the same phase. There's a single pole 15 amps breaker feeding it. This is ...
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Is my plan for wiring lights and outlets correct?

Could someone take a look at this wiring plan and let me know if this looks ok? I've done basic wiring in the past, but never had occasion to use 12/3 wiring before. Something about having two hot ...
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Some outlets non working on same circuit

In my kitchen I have the following issue: Spontaneously, some of the wall outlets did no longer work. Others however continued to be working. After some time, all outlets worked again. I know that I ...
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Switched outlet after non-switched

I added an outlet after the one for my garage door. The problem is that somehow the garage door (first in the chain) is not switched but the outlet after it is. This is how the garage door outlet is ...
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Adding an overhead ceiling light off switched receptacle

I would like to add a ceiling light to a bedroom that currently does not have one. It has a switch which controls a receptacle. I would like to convert that receptacle to always be hot and add the new ...
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Receptacle Grounding for a Sump Pump

I have installed a sump pump in the basement. This house was made in the sixties so it has a two prong receptacle and does not have a ground wire available. I put a GFCI receptacle to plug the pump ...
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86 volts between neutral and the electrical box?

Context: I'm swapping out a dual electrical outlet in my kitchen with a combination switch/electrical outlet. I want the switch to control two small LED lights in adding to the room and the outlet to ...
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How do I change a switched outlet with 2 sets of wires to a half hot outlet?

I have 2 sets of wiring in the outlet box the 2 black wires are tied together the 2 white wires are connected to the neutral side of the outlet and the 1 red wire is connected to the hot side of the ...
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No power after replacing GFCI outlet

We just moved into our home and the previous owner upgraded the master bathroom. There is a fancy toilet that has features that require electricity, a heated floor, a heated towel rack that never ...
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Can removing one outlet in a room affect the power in the whole room?

I'm in the process of replacing a few of the 2 prong outlets in my home with GCFI outlets. My house is old and does not have a ground wire through it so from what I've read it is unsafe to install ...
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Suggestions for connecting a small UPC (battery backup) to a single receptacle/outlet that will power a wifi mesh router

tl:dr What is a safe way to connect a simple plug-in UPC battery back-up so that it can power a single receptacle on another side of a wall? We have an older farm house that has been expanded a few ...
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Consequences of reverse polarity outlet for security camera

I'm looking at installing some security cameras at my place. I have an outdoor outlet that is ideally positioned to power one of the security cameras, however, using a test to figure out if it was ...
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Voltage detected on outlet's live wire with circuit breaker off

I'm installing an outlet plate sealers in my home, so I turned off the circuit breaker for all the outlets. However, when I removed the plate cover, and used a Non-contact voltage tester, it detected ...
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If you plug a 100v mini split AC into a wall outlet rated at 15a or 20a, what possible complications could occur, if any?

A 110v mini split AC is typically wired to an AC disconnect and then into the breaker box. However, many have simply wired it directly into a standard outlet receptacle, or even to a standard plug, to ...
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How to put a circuit breaker outside, after the outlet?

Suppose that I have an outside outlet running to a 20amp fuse in the circuit breaker. Could I add a second fusebox physically plugged into the outdoor outlet? A 25amp fuse would basically do nothing, ...
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What can I do about my stoves chipped terminal block? (FIXED)

I bought a Whirlpool Electric Range Model: WFC150M0EW from offerup since my old stove was giving up. I connected the four prong 40 AMP 125/250V from old stove (HotPoint) to the one I bought Whirlpool. ...
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When installing a smart switch, can I pigtail off of the neutral from the existent outlet in the same box on the same circuit?

I have a box with a double receptacle and a switch where the switch powers an exterior outlet on the other side of the wall. In the photos below, the orange is the switched hot for that outlet. All ...
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Fan Motor stopped working, but motor is fine. Low voltage measured

Had to replace a broan ceiling fan, roughly 6 months ago. The new fan sounded odd, but I didn't want to buy another fan, figured I would wait until it failed again. After 6 months, it failed again. ...
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How to wire two GFCI to one split circuit basic receptacle for dishwasher and disposal

How do I wire two GFCI receptacles with two separate circuit with a common neutral for dishwasher and disposal. I only have a 12/3 load wire and there is no way I can run another neutral.The kitchen ...
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Recommendation for wiring path for bathroom bidet outlet

first time doing a more difficult outlet install (not just across a wall). Looking to install an outlet for a bidet in my 1st floor bathroom. I need to run a wire from the outlet above the sink to ...
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Can I combine two 15amp circuits to get one 30amp outlet?

So I've always wanted to get into crypto mining and recently found someone selling a used asic miner. I've done the math and it would be extremely profitable, unfortunately it requires 2500w of power ...
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Why was a high wall plug installed in a 1959 home?

In our 1959 ranch-style home there is an outlet on a living room wall more than halfway up. Anyone know for what use this may have been installed? It looks built-in when the house was built.
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Wiring an outlet off a switch?

I'm trying to wire an outlet off a switch. I want it to stay constant power. How do I do that? I've tried every which way I can think of! Any way I wire it I have low power going to the outlet, the ...
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Replacing old electrical work

Bought an old house (1911) over the summer and I'm looking into making the upstairs more livable. The upstairs is a converted attic, there are three rooms and a hallway and only three outlets in total ...
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Why does an remote indoor switch control a outdoor power outlet

I moved in a house and found it very odd that an outdoor outlet is controlled by an indoor switch that is quite far from it. There are two switches in the picture, one controls lights on the deck, the ...
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Is it possible to install a LAN-socket into this empty one?

Our router in our appartment is plugged into from what i've gathered a telephone line socket in the living room. The same telephone line socket can be found in two other rooms, where about 10-15 years ...
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Identifying Open Neutral on Switched Outlet

I put up some Christmas lights outside a few days ago and everything seemed to work fine for the first 2 nights. On the 3rd day, the lights came on for a bit, then went out and I couldn't get them ...
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Can/should I change GFI outlet to standard outlet

I am having my retirement house built. The house includes two RHEEM RTG-84DVLN-1 tankless water heaters that are plumbed in parallel. The instructions state do not hook up tankless to a GFI outlet ...
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Replacing Power Receptacles/Outlets, 3 black wires

I'm replacing a few of the receptacles in a room. 3/4 have been straight forward: 2 black wires, 2 white wires + ground. Was able to do a one for one swap with the new receptacles. The 4th one has a ...
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Exterior surface mount outlet w/ conduit through soffit

I'm looking into mounting a TV on my patio on the exterior wall of my brick home. Only problem is, the best place for it is the exterior of a masonry fireplace/chimney, so I can't drill through the ...
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Adding switch/outlet receptacle to 20 amp circuit

I put a power vent water heater in basement, and only nearby outlet is GFCI (for a rarely used sump pump) that I'm told is not code for the power vent blower. There is a nearby dedicated non-gfci ...
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Outlet drop from 3 way Switch that doesn't have incoming power

I have a light in my kitchen with three-way switches. Power comes into the first switch and leaves with a red traveler wire. Black white and red wires come into the second three-way switch. I want to ...
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Outdoor outlet not working after rain with lights plugged in

I recently moved into a new-to-me house that has a simple outdoor light system setup in the backyard. It's a low-level current outdoor light set connected to a outdoor lights timer/transformer that is ...
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Replacing a 4-way switch with just an outlet

I have a 4-way switch which I want to replace with just an outlet. The switch box has 2 red and 2 black wires, as well as ground and white neutral. Black wires are always hot. There's a 3-way before ...
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What could have caused my power outlet to melt when it's on an AFCI circuit?

I had an outlet that had plastic socket covers inserted for child-proofing. Recently I tried to removed the top cover and noticed that was quite stuck. When I eventually forcing it out, I saw burn ...
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Does Electrical Outlet always run current even without anything plugged in? [closed]

In a situation where there is no device plugged in a normal house electrical outlet, does it still run an electric current, if so then how large? I would assume there is no electric current in this ...
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Lights go dim with a moderate load imposed: how to troubleshoot?

I just bought a house built in 1964 which features switches and outlets that have the "strip wire and insert into hole" connection method. In one of the rooms, turning on a ~500 watt load ...
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Replacing outlet and was only expecting 4 wires but now I have 6. What to do!

I thought this was going to be an easy swap but my old outlet has 6 wires vs 4 wires on my new one. Can I still use this new outlet? click to embiggen images

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