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

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Power Comes into Light fixture from Panel, connected to switch how to wire always on outlet in

In my workshop I want to wire in some outlets. The power comes into the room into a light then is branched to other lights and a switch in the room to control said lights. I know how to hook up the ...
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How to swap a series outlet with smart outlet

I have a series outlet that has two black wires and two white wires that I want to swap out with a new smart outlet so I can control it with wifi. But the new outlet only has screws for one black and ...
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3 adjacent electric outlets not working

In my kitchen there are 3 adjacent electric outlets that have not been working for a few months. Next to them is a GFCI outlet and that works. I checked the circuit breaker and all GFCIs to see any ...
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Confusion while diagnosing an open ground

I have an outlet tester and it says the outlet in my bathroom has an open ground and I'm trying to see if I can fix this by replacing the receptacle or if the problem is elsewhere. With a voltage ...
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How can I replace the outlets when the boxes are too small?

I need to replace the outlets in my 54 y/o home but the junction boxes are too small to accommodate the new outlets. Is there a way to replace the junction boxes without having to cut a new hole?
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Duplex outlet always ‘hot’

I am replacing duplex outlets in my home and have successfully regained power with the outlet but the outlet is no longer controlled by the light switch. Old outlet Wiring configuration in the old ...
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Will Kitchen Backsplash Update Trigger 2ft/4ft Rules of Receptacles above Countertop?

I am planning to replace the backsplash in the kitchen at my home. NEC 210.52 requires that every spot on the countertop should not be distanced more than 2ft from a receptacle. the current condition ...
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Switched outlet to unswitched usb

I am attempting to replace a switched standard electrical outlet with a usb one. The current outlet has one half controlled by a switch and I would like both halves to be always live with the new usb ...
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Outlets no longer controlled by switch

When we moved in we replaced all outlets with Tamper Resistant ones. We had an outlet on the left side of room that was half controlled by a switch. We wanted both outlets controlled so we left the ...
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Decoding a three lamp outlet tester

I've just moved into a new (Australian) house, and I've been checking the outlets with this. On one of the outlets all three of the lamps go on when the outlet is switched off. When you switch the ...
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Does a 100A outlet for a car charger need a dedicated disconnect?

I am going to be installing a charger for a client for their Tesla. Do I need to ha e a separate shut off box for a double gang 100amp breaker for the charger?
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Replacing attic light switch with Leviton combo

I want to replace and old Leviton attic light switch with a Leviton combo switch/outlet. The junction box has two Romex cables in and one out to the current light. The two in have each a black wire ...
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Replacing grounded outlets with grounded metal junction box

Replacing several 3 prong outlets in my 1968 home. Tried searching to find an answer but most questions seem geared towards replacing 2 prong outlets with 3 prong and don't apply here. My wiring ...
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Electrical outlet acting funny

My wife and I moved into our new house today. I plugged my phone charger in tonight and the outlet sparked and my breaker tripped. I then plugged a different charger in and it didn't trip. I went to a ...
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How to add grounds to a 120 amp panel and grounds electrical outlets

I'm buying an older home. The inspection showed no ground on the panel and no ground on some outlets. I'm assuming the outlets are near water, sinks, etc, that need the reset protection. I currently ...
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Why do my bathroom outlets only work if I plug in a particular device?

I just bought a newer home with three bathroom. There are four outlet combine in all bathrooms and none of the works correctly. If I plug in any corded appliances it will not work but if I plug in my ...
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4 prong dryer cord connected to a new 4 prong wall outlet, the old wall outlet was a 3 prong with only 3 wires. now the dryer won't heat but works

i have a dryer that has a 4 prong cord and the wall outlet was a 3 prong. I replaced the wall outlet with a 4 prong and the dryer works but will not heat did I wire it wrong or what could be the ...
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Running Wire in Updated Kitchen and Living Room [closed]

I'm trying to plan out how to run the wire for my electrical outlets. I thought I could save wire by branching my hot wire in two different directions. Is this code? Is there a drawback? I would ...
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Neutral and ground wire switched

I want to change my over stove microwave single outlet to a 2 outlet plug. When pulling out the old outlet, I see that the white wire is attached to the green screw and the bare copper wire is ...
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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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1 Hot Wire. 2 Breakers. 2 Circuits

I have a duplex outlet that appears to wired in series. The outlet appears to have 12/2 in and 12/2 out. My hot wire from the breaker box remains hot unless I have 2 different breakers off. I am ...
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48AMP kiln on 60 AMP breaker *must be* direct wired in Canada?

I am trying to find out what part of the Canadian electrical code requires that the 48AMP kiln, on a 60AMP breaker requires that it must be direct wired, instead of using the NEMA 6-50 receptacle ...
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Can I replace the receptacle and breaker on a 40A circuit with 30A equivalents?

I have a 40-amp circuit that previously was used for the oven/range in my house, though I switched to gas so the circuit is no longer in use. If I wanted to install an L6-30r (30-amp receptacle) on ...
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Light switch to switch/outlet combo

I have an older house and want to change a light switch to a switch/outlet combo. The current switch has two wires only in the box. The new combo has a ground (green), and two lines on one side. The ...
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Breakers for living room was working, but has stopped after I turned breaker on/off

I have one circuit of outlets and lights in my living room that stopped working one day. This happened after I turned off all the breakers to the house and when I turned everything back on I noticed ...
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“Wet location” mains outlets

Our electrician installed a "Wet location" NEMA 5-20R outlet under our sink recently and have been trying to figure out what makes it special? He states it isn't GFCI, which by my understanding would ...
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Can I install a NEMA 14-30 outlet to 100 amp panel

I received a pricey estimate for a NEMA 14-50 installation because I apparently need an automatic transfer switch. Now I think I will go with a NEMA 14-30 DIY install instead. I am just wondering if ...
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Why do the bedrooms in my home have split switched outlets?

My wife and I are renting a house that was built around 2007 in Washington State. It has a peculiar wiring arrangement that I've never seen before. Every bedroom and the living room has two switches ...
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Non-working electrical outlets

I have 2 bedrooms with all electrical outlets connected to the same circuit. I started getting intermittent interruptions in all of the sockets in the bedroom farthest from the main breaker box. This ...
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Is this 240V outlet undersized?

Garage has 100A service sub-panel from main home. The panel contains a 40A 240V breaker. This connects through a heavy-gauge wire (looks to be same wire as feeding the 100A panel itself) to what I ...
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Power outage in just one bedroom of apartment, then every receptacle in one circuit, tried everything. Please Help!

2/3 duplex sockets stopped working. Replaced them with Leviton 15amp. Did everything correctly, and everything worked for months. Since I had no issues replacing those and every other outlet/ switch ...
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Rewiring 3 way switched receptacle to control the ceiling light

Have a 3 way switch which controls a receptacle. Have an existing ceiling light/fan controlled by pull chains. I want the 3 way switches to control the ceiling light. Difficult? i find the attic ...
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recessed can lighting auto off and outlet heating

... 1 of the 2 can lights automatically turned off, I replaced the bulb and it repeated the auto turn of and on... can I buy a tester to help pin-point if the fixture is going bad ? ... noticed today ...
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Voltage drop in receptacle circuit - options?

This is new construction...concerned about voltage drop. The house is a ranch style.I am installing a breaker panel in my garage. I am currently running the wiring (12-2) on a 20 amp breaker for the ...
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GFI on a 3 prong plug keeps tripping

Can someone tell me how to troubleshoot this problem. I have a switch at the end of a circuit that operates my pool pump and its 15 feet away from a 3 prong receptacle that feeds the to the switch. ...
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Can I add a receptacle from a bath fan switch box?

I hope this is simple. I want to add a GFCI receptacle on the wall of my bathroom behind a medicine cabinet. The closest electrical is a switch for my bathroom fan. Even though we have just one ...
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Adapt a 3prong dryer outlet for other use

First post here, I have a practical understanding of basic electronics, but my problem is way out of my depths. I come from the UK, just moved to Ecuador, and with me I brought a coffee machine (220-...
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New 20amp circuit via old conduit or not?

I plan on creating a new circuit and running 12/2 to my microwave for an dedicated circuit. The current outlet for the microwave is old wiring running through conduit. The wiring comes in through a ...
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New outlet doesn’t work breaker not tripped and the tester lights up

I have and outlet that went bad I replaced it with a new one but still doesn’t work. The breaker is not tripped and the tester light up when I put it in the outlet and the hot cable?
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Two outdoor outlets not functioning..what is the most likely cause

I have two outdoor electrical outlets that are not working. They are both GFCI and close to each other. 10 feet above one is a floodlight receptacle that is controlled by an interior switch inside the ...
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Outlet in Kitchen Not Working

Haven't seen my exact question answered on here so forgive me if already has been. Here's my issue - there are 3 outlets around my kitchen counter. The first is a GCFI outlet that I'm assuming has ...
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Mini Pottery kiln with NEMA 5-20 plug that requires 120volts, 16amps, 1920 watts, and 20amp breaker

I have a small electric pottery kiln with NEMA 5-20 plug that uses and requires 120volts, 16amps, 1920 watts, and 20amp breaker to use in my apartment. I checked the breaker box in my apartment, and ...
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Regular Outlet Tripped, Now Various Outlets Are Dead

Recently, I purchased a new small appliance and when I plugged it in, it did not work. After using an extension cord, I used another outlet and figured out that the original outlet was at fault. As ...
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How can I properly remove (not cover) an unused receptacle?

First of all, if this is a duplicate question please point me in the right direction as I couldn't find one with my specific situation. I am relocating a bathroom shower to the opposite side of the ...
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Regarding greases for outdoor connections: Noalox for general use (not necessarily for aluminum)? Dielectric grease for outdoor receptacles?

I've googled this already and found many people saying that Noalox is only for copper to aluminum connections. I know that Noalox stands for "no aluminium oxidation" but brand names often change ...
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Receptacle fire repair

Hot wire had burned through due to AC cranked on high. 15 amp Breaker did not trip. I added a jumper to the hot and replaced the receptacle, matching the original installation. When I tried to ...
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Half switched outlet, has both whites connected

I am replacing an outlet that is half switched, but both the whites are connected on the opposite side of the black and red. The white wires have the tab still intact. So I'm confused as to what the ...
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How to tap into a light switch whose junction box is already full?

I have a light switch I want to tap into to add another power outlet a few feet away. I believe this switch's junction box is already too full to accommodate adding new wires. I think I would have ...
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Code requirements for adding several outdoor outlets around my garage

I have been doing some reading and feel just about ready to add some more outlets to my garage. I would like to add 2-3 more outlets, 1 on one side at the top (maybe under the roof overhang) for ...
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Adding always hot receptacle to a ceiling light that’s on timer

Porch ceiling light runs on timer inside front door, so on at a set time and off at a set time, I need to add an plug somewhere close to fixture for a security camera, how would I keep plug hot while ...