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

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Add an outlet to a porch light?

I replaced a porch wall light fixture for a motion sensing one, but the old fixture had an interesting feature: the mounting box was extended so it had an electrical outlet mounted in the side of it. ...
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GFCI Bathroom Outlet Open Hot

For some reason the outlet keeps tripping the breaker. There are 2 other outlets on this breaker as far as now, one of the front and back porch. This is the bathroom wiring. Any help? Should I pull ...
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Adding receptacle and switch to existing switch [closed]

I’m adding a new receptacle and switch next to an existing single pole switch and would like to use the same circuit without going above ceiling. Anyone links or examples would be greatly appreciated
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Do outdoor outlet covers have standard sizes / screw placement?

Do outdoor outlet covers have standard sizes / screw placement? I would like to replace the cover pictured below (preferably without having to replace the whole box). The cover has BWF on the front, ...
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120 volt wire loses voltage randomly

I recently ran a wire on a known 15 amp breaker to an outdoor GFCI outlet. Have 120 volt at the tie in, 120 volt at the outlet, all good. Then last night I lost all power at the outlet, now shows ...
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Can I put a GFI outlet here?

I’ve never seen wiring like this before. If this was a switch I’ve seen black to white but this is odd to me. I’ve tested the lines there hot. And I don’t know if this has anything to do with the ...
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Can I use a plastic or fiberglass box to install a 14-50 outlet or is a metal box required?

The title says it all. If plastic or fiberglass is allowed by code, what if any cons would there be?
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What type of electrical boxes can I use on small metal studs

I am having trouble knowing what type of electrical boxes to use on smaller metal studs. I recently purchased a new construction that has an unfinished walk out basement. On the three sides of the ...
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Can I use a plastic extension ring over a metal switch box and self-grounding devices?

If I use a plastic extension ring over a metal switch box, and if the metal switch box is correctly grounded and I use self-grounding devices with long screws screwed into the metal box, can I ...
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Need to reduce voltage from 245v to under 240v for large printer

I run a home business and have recently purchased a large HP 800w latex printer that requires a 220v outlet. The manufacturer of the printer requires there to be no more than 240v going into the ...
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How to extend an outdoor single gang electrical box to a 2 gang electrical box

I have a single gang electrical box on an outside wall of my home. I need to expand it so it can house two GFCI outlets on separate circuits. I have been looking for an extender with an opening in the ...
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outdoor sump electrical

I have a sump pit at the bottom of some outdoor basement steps that I need to get an outlet run to. I'm going to put the dedicated receptacle on the outside cement wall ... so drill through the ...
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Jump a new outlet from 3-way switch [duplicate]

I have a Lutron DVCL-153P Dimmer 3-Way Switch for my ceiling. From the switch, I want to jump out to create a new outlet. This is the picture of BEFORE and AFTER Here is the picture behind the switch ...
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How should I screw in an outlet if the backsplash hole is misaligned?

The image below shows that the outlet box is slightly misaligned with the hole in my backsplash. I am debating how I should go about attaching the outlet to the backsplash. I could have the hole ...
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Is the faceplate screw hole on power outlets connected to ground? [closed]

Many ganged outlets have at least one screw hole whose primary use is to attach a faceplate. Assuming the outlet is properly grounded, if a mounting holes exists, is it required to be connected to ...
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3 pronged L shaped plug for a Samsung heatpump dryer doesn't seem to fit into the 3 pronged L shape wall socket, it's as it the prongs are too long

We can't see what could be the issue, the dryer plug is 3 pronged with L shape and so is the wall outlet. It almost feels like the prongs are too long, it starts to go but won't go all the way. Any ...
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So is my 1950s/60s era 2-prong outlet junction box grounded or not?

Background: The kitchen area outlets, all 2-prong, seem to be original to our 1950s California house, or perhaps modified in the late 1960s. In preparation for installing a grounding wire "bus&...
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Can I turn my two switches which control one light into motion sensor switches? [closed]

I have a stairway light with a switch at the top and bottom. Often my hands are full bringing stuff up and down, so I’d like to install a motion activated smart switch at the top and bottom. Would ...
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Why does replacing this outlet cause a nearby light to stay on?

This one has me baffled. There is an outdoor receptacle I'm replacing. The top outlet has never worked, but the bottom outlet does work. I took everything out, marked all the cables, replaced the ...
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How to reinstall soffit receptacles securely

Hoping someone can offer an easy fix for this as I'm not very handy. These outlets at my mom's house keep falling out of the soffit. I push them in and they within days they're back down. The soffit ...
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Adding a duplex outlet to a gang box that had capped off wires

I moved into a friends house and I noticed the room I’m in had a blank wall plate and when I removed it I noticed capped off 12 gauge solid wires and a gang box. I’d like to add a duplex receptacle to ...
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Can I use a NEMA 6-20r on a 15amp circuit?

I just bought a new window unit and it has a NEMA 6-15p. My previous unit had heat also and therefore was on a 30 amp circuit on 8/2. I've always been told that using a bigger wire is never a problem ...
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Is my plan for incremental addition of grounding to home outlets safe and code-compliant (US in 2022)?

Background: 1950s single story ranch style house in California, late 1960s split bus electrical panel (100A service?), outlets in house are seemingly all 2-prong ungrounded. Electrical panel is on ...
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Replacing old receptacle that had 2 wires under 1 screw

A receptacle in the garage was falling apart and was not holding plugs firmly. Upon opening the box I noticed the receptacle had 3 whites, 3 blacks and 1 bare ground all from 3 separate cables. 2 ...
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How to orient dryer receptacle when NM comes down, dryer cable comes up, and recepticle only has knock-outs on bottom? [closed]

I got a NEMA 14-30 for a new electric dryer circuit, and the receptacle I got was this Leviton surface mounted one: The receptacle has black plastic on 4 sides (shown in the image) and the other two ...
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What type of clamp to run bare copper from a j-box?

Need to run a #8 or #6 bare copper from a j-box of another branch. What type of proper strain relief clamp do I need for that? Is it a "Kenny Clamp" or are there any other solutions that are ...
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Help Identify 3-wire SE cable

TRIPLE-E ALLOY TYPE SE CABLE STYLE U TYPE XHHW CDRS 600 for electric range Follow up question: Is the 3 wire a grounded neutral conductor or an equipment grounding conductor?
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My GFCI red light is on and it won't reset

None of the circuits breakers are tripped but when I try to reset the button it won't reset. It just pops back out and the red light stays on. There is no power coming through the outlet or any ...
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Whole wall running the length of the house isnt working

I plugged a bouncy house pump into a surge protector located on one wall. The surge protector also had a TV and a internet box plugged into it. After a few minutes the pump stopped working. I came in,...
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Can I switch my old electric dryer outlet to new, standard 240v outlet? [duplicate]

I don't know exactly what my old outlet is. We're getting a new dryer, and I know I need to get a different one. I can switch an outlet, but I want to make sure that there's no problem with just ...
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Two GFI outlets in one box

This box was wired with one GFI and one regular plug. I replaced the regular plug with a second GFI. I followed the diagrams and the green lights are on on both GFI plugs, but neither work.
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Four Outlets Out, No GFCI

For what it's worth, I have called an electrician to resolve this, but that doesn't mean I'm not curious as to understanding what could be going on. I have an older home, built in the early 70s, so it ...
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How reliable are receptacles' clamp connectors for stranded wires?

A lot of people seem to discourage "backstabbing" wires (whether those be stranded or solid) to receptacles wherein an inserted wire could later be released by pushing a flat-head screw to ...
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How to best Sidewire this 8 hole quickwire outlet

I’m going around replacing a few old outlets that are in sad shape. I went to change this one and noticed it is an 8 hole outlet. Cutting the power to this outlet only cut the power to one set of ...
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Tapping from a recessed outlet box which is broken to a new surface-mounted box [duplicate]

I have an outlet box made of cheap PVC material and now has broken screw holes. Although the wires in the box work fine, I can't install a new outlet into it. Moreover, the box is recessed in concrete ...
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Flex metallic conduit touching drywall

I'm installing a new receptacle to power a wall-mounted TV, it is feeding from an existing receptacle on the other side of the wall. The existing box has 2 cables coming in from the top, and I believe ...
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Running electrical cable across shallow stud resting on exterior wall

I'm attempting to add a new receptacle to power a wall-mounted projector. The nearby existing receptacle from which I'm powering the new one is on an adjacent stud bay. I was planning to fish the ...
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How to cover an unused outlet box with worn out screw holes?

I have an outlet box made of cheap PVC with worn out screw holes. It is located in a bedroom so dampness isn't really a big issue. The problem is: it's embedded in concrete so replacing the whole box ...
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GFCI outlet reads hot and neutral reversed regardless of correct wiring and successful test and reset?

UPDATE - tested all the wires with a multimeter, WHITE - Neutral to GROUND - no reading, BLACK - Hot- to GROUND no reading, BLACK - Hot to WHITE Neutral no reading. When using a no contact voltage ...
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Replacing receptacle & switch on a MWBC in kitchen

Background: The house was built in 1983. Previous owner(s) have been creative on some DIY projects around the house. The receptacle was wired half direct & half sideways. Problems: The switch on ...
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How do I fix an outlet where the junction box falls into the hole and the wires are too short?

First, this outlet is in what was once a balcony. The drywall was placed over stucco so there's about a 1/2 - 3/4 inch of stucco followed by a gap (1/2inch ish) followed by 1/2 drywall. The original ...
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Wiring an outlet to be controlled by a double switch

I have an outdoor GFCI receptacle to plug in my pool filter and heater. I am adding a GFCI breaker to my box and putting in a regular receptacle and want to add a double switch above in another single ...
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Fast checking of continuity between outlets [closed]

We want to check if two outlets are on the same circuit with correct connections. A quick/dirty way is to insert an extension cord into one of the outlets and then stick the probes of an ohmmeter ...
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How do attach an outlet to an existing light switch?

How do attach an outlet to an existing light switch? I want the outlet to be always hot and not controlled by the switch. Currently, the switch has a single romex with black white and ground into the ...
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How can I make my outlet that is controlled by a light switch always be hot?

[photo of wires in light switchThe light switch the outlet is connected to powers three outlets, another light switch, and two hallway lights. So currently my hallway light switch powers on two lights ...
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7A 125v fridge into a 15A 125v outlet?

My outlet reads 15A 125V, I bought a fridge with a plug that reads 7A 125V, and IH range who's plug reads 15A 100V. Is it safe to use these items? I bought both an IH range and a fridge that said they ...
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Why would I have a GFCI protecting a loop of receptacles

I’ve been replacing some damaged receptacles in my dining room and after inspecting all of them on the circuit it looks like they are all interconnected via parallel daisy chaining, but they form a ...
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Can I safely cut these wires and leave in the wall?

I want to remove these two faceplates and have them plastered and painted over: The top is obviously a Foxtel outlet (we have a satellite dish on the roof that I'll also be removing at some point) ...
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Definitive guide for afci/gfci protection for dishwasher/garbage disposal on MWBC

New member here, and wrangling with a very common problem: how to properly upgrade a 20A MWBC serving DW and GD to include both AFCI and GFCI protection without nuisance tripping. Disposal is plug-in, ...
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Are receptacles for round-pronged plugs (i.e. Europlug) more durable than receptacles for flat-pronged plugs?

I live in the Philippines and the standard for electrical outlets for residential areas here isn't that rigid like with Western countries. A lot of houses/apartments here doesn't have a ground ...
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