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

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Outlet box has voltage when a device is plugged in on another circuit

Our house was built in 1964 and I wanted to replace some of the electrical outlets. However, there's something bothering me. When I turn off the circuit for an outlet, my low range non-contact ...
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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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Now I realize I used too many GFCI outlets. How can I reclaim them?

Yeah, so the building inspector redflagged a bunch of outlets for not being GFCI. Before I understood how the LOAD terminals work, I just replaced every single one with a GFCI outlet. Most had a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Two plugs controlled by one switch

I have an outlet where both plugs are on a switch. Is there any way I can make it so only one is on the switch? (It's a dual switch, one upstairs and one downstairs) I just want to be able to plug a ...
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TV won't stay on if plugged into a certain outlet

I have an LG TV. It somehow tripped itself and just keeps blinking red and green on the power light and when I get it to turn off it stays for a second and then goes back to blinking. I swapped it ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I use a 15 amp receptacle on a branch circuit fed by a 30 amp breaker?

I will be using a high amp appliance at the end of a branch circuit, but in between them I have a room connected to it with a 15 amp receptacle. Am I allowed to do this?
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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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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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Switch wiring for 2 single pole switches and 2 different lights

Hi novice electrician, Question- I have 2 lights, 2 switches and 2 receptacles but I put wired them weird. 12/2 wiring used FYI. I put one switch with one receptacle and one switch with another ...
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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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What are these orange outlets directly attached to my breaker box?

I haven't noticed these over the years I've owned my home. Only recently I happened to look down and think "huh, that's odd, why are those outlets colored bright orange." I have, over the ...
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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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How can I trip a breaker from the outlet

One time at my job we had some electrical work that needed done. The electrician had a small homemade switch box with a 120v mains plug running out of it and a switch on the front. The device ...
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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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Why does my TV trip a GFCI outlet on another circuit?

I'm in a 2006 mobile home that has a GFCI outlet behind my microwave it's the only plug I have for it. There are five more regular plugs downstream from it that all say GFCI on them because they're ...
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Nema 6-15 to nema 5-15 (hot hot ground)

Let me preface this by saying i did my research, i got an electric car and the charger is limited to 12A draw internally, but it is designed to handle both nema 6-15 and nema 5-15 specs. If you run it ...
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Can I convert a 120v circuit to 240v without running new cable?

Installing a new heat pump with a contractor and he said he can convert a 120v outlet to 240v outlet on site without bringing new wires from electrical panel, heat pump specs is attached and it has a ...
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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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Replacement outdoor GFCI has also stopped working

I moved into a house with an outside GFCI receptacle. The outlet didn't seem to work and the reset button had no effect. No other outlets around or outside the house appeared to be tripped. I pulled ...
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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 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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Does code mandate outlets when windows are above the counter?

We are renovating our century home's kitchen and would like to install windows that go to the ceiling so that our marble backsplash does not have any seams in it. The thing we later realized is, if we ...
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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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GFCI with three lines

I am replacing a receptacle (rec) in the kitchen by a GFCI. The receptacle (I think strangely) is controlled by a switch (light) on the exhaust hub (where there is also a fan switch). When I took the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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