Questions tagged [receptacle]

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

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what can cause 66 volts at 110 outlets in my moble home

I went to hookup a 110 volt hottub, but when we plugged it in we only got 66 volts. I then tried another plug in the house - 66 volts. I went to another building, my shop, which has its own breaker ...
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Dead circuit / outlets

I have a handful of electrical outlets that went dead. I have a Kolsol F02 wire locator that I used to identify the circuit breaker they are on, and it seems like I have connectivity from the breaker ...
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One outlet in kitchen

My new rental home has a small kitchen. It also only has one outlet that is inconveniently placed half way up the wall above open air. I have a kitchen sink that has a little bit of counter space on ...
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How should transitions from inside to outside be handled when running a circuit?

I'm planning a 220v circuit from a subpanel in my garage to an outdoor A/C disconnect for a mini split install. The cable would up run from the panel into the attic, across the garage along a running ...
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Why doesn't my outlet switch switch any outlets?

I recently bought a 1951 home. There is a switch in the living room that appears to have been intended to control one or more outlets in the room (the switch affects no lights and all lights are ...
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Why is my stove is no longer receiving 240V of power?

I have a general understanding of electrical and some know how, but I moved into a place at the beginning of 2021 and 3 days ago I come home and try to preheat the oven and nothing. I tried the broil ...
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Generator has 4 prongs, can an adapter be used? [closed]

I bought a generator that has the power cord with 4 prongs on the end. Can I use a three prong adapter to plug into the regular house electrical or do I need an electrician to install a box that ...
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Outlet grounded by conduit - how do I add a second outlet with Romex?

I tested the outlet with an outlet tester which states that it is properly wired. However, I know that conduit is not necessarily always sufficient to provide a proper ground. So I tested the outlet ...
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What's going on with this switched outlet wiring in the middle of a run?

Help me figure out what's going on here and come up with a way to turn this into a half-switched outlet? I have a late 1940's house, and some of the circuits are not grounded. I recently replaced all ...
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Converting switched outlet with 2 black and 1 red for a smart switch

At present we have a switched outlet for a floor lamp. I would like to replace this with a Kasa smart switch. When I pulled the switch out I noticed it had 2 black wires and 1 red wire: The red wire ...
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Turn 6-wire outlet into 2 GFCI outlets

This question is not for the faint of heart. I want to know if I can turn an old outlet on a multi-wire branch circuit (MWBC) into 1 or 2 GFCI outlets. My house was built in 1970 and has a MWBC in the ...
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Old and unused power outlet

I have this old and unused hole that I believe was for an outlet or a light switch (bought a house with this capped with plastic). I also have a few old phone Jacks. I plan on removing the phone Jacks ...
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Plastic screw from inside outlet box to stud

So I went to Lowe’s to see Their selection of double outlet boxes and came across old construction and new. The new construction had nails on the outside. So I thought hey I’ll try it since I can ...
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Still reading open neutral after restoring power to lights and outlets

We recently plugged a space heater into an outlet in our son’s bedroom and only ran it at night. At some point, all of the lights and outlets in the room except one outlet on the opposite wall stopped ...
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Replacing old outlet, has blue, black, red and white wires

I have an old outlet that trips the break when I plug in a space heater. The outlet has four wires, blue, black, red and white. What do I do when i replace the outlet? I'm going to replace the old ...
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Why do pigtails not count towards box volume capacity

I would like to know why pigtails are not included in the volume count for outlet receptacle boxes. I recently upgraded to a two way outlet and had a total of four 14/2 wires coming into the box and ...
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GFCI Protected Outlet Trips with GFCI Outlet Tester, but the outlet lost power

I plugged my GFCI Outlet Tester into a GFCI protected Outlet. Pressing the test button, the outlet was tripped fine. But no matter how I pressed the reset button on the GFCI receptacle. The outlet ...
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Combination Outlet/Switch - Two Wires Only

I want to replace my regular bathroom lightswitch with a combo outlet/switch. Seems the wirebox only has 2 wires but i do see a 'mysterious' third wire in the back that is not connected to anything ...
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What is the proper why to add an outlet to island side panel?

I'm replacing the cabinets on my existing island and preparing it for a waterfall countertop. I need to move two small appliances outlets to the side where the dishwasher is located. NOTE: these are ...
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Is this a sign of arcing / fire / Bad Stuff?

Opened up a wall to plan some changes to electrical outlet locations, and found what looks to be charring on one of the cables. It was stuck to the paper facing of the insulation. House is 20 years ...
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GFCI blinks red once

I installed a new GFCI outlet and it seems to work; the light is generally a solid green. however it does blink red once every 30 to 90 seconds. I found plenty of documentation around a solid red ...
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Neutral wires are burning hot, saw an ember

Removed the outlet and the three connected neutral wires were insanely hot. Have an extension cord running a heater, could it be the draw or do I just need a new outlet?
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Both 3-Way Switches Upstream of Multiple Split Receptacles

My living room has a series of two outlets that I would like to convert to split receptacles, with the top half always live and the bottom half controlled by a pair of 3-way switches. Both switches ...
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Multiple end receptacles in one room

I have an old house and want to add an GFCI to the "first" outlet to add protection to the the outlet. However, one of the rooms has multiple end receptacles which means there are only one ...
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Transformer going into receptacle obstructed by board behind it

I am in the process of upgrading my doorbell transformer. (I am the fella from yesterday with the question about broken off back stabbed wires, registered with a proper account this time) In addition ...
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Replacing a wall outlet with three black and three white wires with a smart outlet with one white and one black wire

I got a Kasa Smart WI-Fi Power Outlet for Christmas and want to replace an outlet in my living room with this. The Smart Outlet has one White, one Black and one Green wire coming out of it and no ...
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Best way to run power to mobile home

I have 3 feeder wires coming up underground from the meter and main disconnect. They tie in to a 50amp receptacle box and a 6 AWG cord With 8Awg ground all in one. That cord goes into my electrical ...
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Is there a minimum required distance between window and kitchen countertops?

I'm planning on a kitchen remodel which will reduce the existing space between a window and the countertop. There is a required electrical outlet in this space. I was wondering if there is any ...
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Is it safe to use a receptacle with wires broken off in the backstab connectors?

I bought a new doorbell which required me replacing my transformer. My current transformer is attached to a receptacle that sits right below my panel. Turned the power off to it, unscrewed it, found ...
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Grounding Pin is Stuck in the Outlet

The grounding pin of my extension cord broke off in the outlet when I unplugged it. Is it safe to use pliers to pull the pin out of the outlet? Will I get shocked?
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Electrical outlets gone bad?

New here, please go easy on me:) I have a few outlets that we’ve never used because furniture was in the way. Just started moving stuff around and I’ve come to realize that 2 outlets just don’t work, ...
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Did I shock myself? Do damage to electrical wiring?

I was helping my grandmother upgrade her TV. She had an massive tube style TV that was way too heavy to move with the dresser to get to the wall to unplug. I went to the breaker. Killed the power to ...
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Wiring receptacle [duplicate]

Take a look at attached picture of one of my wall outlet. I am removing switch from this outlet to make it always hot, and use that switch to control recessed lights. As you can see, 2 of the neutral ...
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What is causing the outlets and ceilings fans in my home to burn out

I've got 4 ceiling fans not working, one of them crackled and flickered for a while then all of a sudden no power in back bedroom and small bathroom. No power to lights, ceiling fans and inside wall ...
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What are the options for putting cabinets in front of receptacles?

I'll be putting some base cabinets in my townhouse (northern Virginia), on an existing wall with several electrical receptacles. The receptacles are near the floor, as this is not a kitchen, and would ...
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Piggy-backing on the adjacent romex question … through wall to rear of surface-mounted receptacle box?

Is it possible to run romex from an unfinished space where back-side of drywall and framing are exposed, through the wall to a finished space, and surface-mount a receptacle box? How about MC? Or ...
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Back stabbed outlets

A number of years ago I had our electrician change all of our quick wired/back stabbed outlets in our new home to the screw terminals for better and safer connections. Recently I discovered he didn’t ...
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Where should I place electrical outlets in waterfall island?

I'm remodeling my kitchen. The existing island have a raised bar and two electrical outlets (on its the backsplash). We are cutting down the raised wall and moving to a waterfall countertop but then, ...
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No power after changing an outlet

I just changed my heater and it caused the whole wall outlet to go wrong. The heater was connected to the wall using strip connectors such as this one: After turning the power off from my main panel, ...
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Follow-up to 12/18/20 Question about Feeding 2-Gang Receptacle Boxes with MC 12/4

Good day, folks. I have a follow-up question related to my other post (yesterday) regarding MC 12/4 with a blue wire: <https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/211590/new-circuit-help-please-...
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New Circuit Help Please - Feeding 2-gang receptacle boxes with MC 12/4

Hoping someone can help me with this. I have searched the whole dang internet multiple times and can’t find the answer to my question, so I am posting it here. I have added two 120V-20A circuit ...
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AFCI Compliance with Multiple First Outlets on [Multiwire] Branch Circuit

I've pulled a MWBC into the crawlspace of my house, with one phase supplying outdoor GFCI receptacles and the other phase supplying nothing so far. The conductors are enclosed in a combination of all-...
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To break or not break tabs when installing an electrical outlet

One of the old electrical sockets needed to replaced. It was a Slater brand, with only the option to push-in wires at the back with no screws for hot/neutrals and only one screw for ground. Both the ...
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How can I correct my wiring to eliminate sequential GFCI outlets?

UPDATED QUESTION Thanks all, this is extremely helpful and interesting. I've since uninstalled the outlets and have written up a new diagram to see what you guys think. (1) I'm removing the 2nd GFCI ...
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Smart Outlet wiring- (GWB to GWBO)

I have bought a smart outlet which has only three wires (Green, White, Black), however, the wiring available in my condo has four wires. I would appreciate it if you could help me in properly setting ...
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Receptacle Replacement in Older Home

I replaced a receptacle in a bedroom of my home which was built in the mid to late 1970s. The circut breaker says the outlet is 15 Amp, however the wires wouldn't fit inside the slots on the back of ...
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Help explain how this receptacle is wired?

My house was built in 1955. Original cloth braided wiring. However, the words are visible on some of the wires in the attic and they do say that they have a ground wire. My ground outlet tester ...
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No power to switch box and overhead fans/lights in master bed/bath. No tripped GFCI, no tripped breakers

Just moved into a 2-story home built in 2002. Upon move in, all lights and switches worked except for a pantry light downstairs and one of the outlets in an outlet box in a small bedroom upstairs. ...
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Switched outlet needs to be on for an exterior light switch to work; how can I fix this?

I have two switches in a box connected via a jumper wire; one for an outside light and one for the top plug of a wall receptacle. My problem is that the receptacle switch has to be switched on in ...
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Do all outlets in detached workshop need to be tamper resistant?

Ok, I just failed my inspection. The inspector made some good catches. The only thing I question is he said all outlets in the detached workshop need to be tamper resistant. We are still on the ...

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