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

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NEMA 14-50 outlet installation - uninsulated ground ok to use?

Purchased a new house that is pre-wired for electric car charging with 4 wires: red, black, white, and 1 uninsulated wire (see picture). I'm trying to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet (for a Tesla) and its ...
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How do I force a defrost cycle on my refrigerator?

My Kenmore 596.51679100 side by side fridge is tripping the dedicated GFCI circuit in my garage that it's plugged into and I suspect it's the defrost heater but I need to test this. As far as I can ...
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How to ground an amplifier without ground pins on outlet?

My electric guitar amplifier's plug has got ground pins but my wall outlet does not have any ground pin and I want to use this amplifier grounded. How could I ground this properly and safely If there ...
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How to bypass a switch that controls lights, keep outlet live 24/7?

How to bypass a switch that controls lights, keep outlet live 24/7? I have a small office in the basement I need to alter wiring on so I can work from home. There's a wall switch that controls two ...
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Can I wire additional circuits off of GFCI this way?

Currently, I have a GFCI outlet that has two more outlets down the line as shown in this diagram. I am moving around some circuits and I need to temporarily hook up 3 additional outlets that are ...
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Have a weird light switch issue happening

Trying to set up a new pantry light. I want to tie this into the outlet that is controlled in the switch in the pantry. However when I rigged it like in this image it's all reversed. When I turn the ...
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Does this panel provide three-phase power or single-phase?

I am looking to lease a warehouse and am interested in the type of power it has. I looked at the disconnect for the electrical panel to figure this out, but it has left me a bit confused. Usually ...
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NEC Rules for Placing Outdoor Receptacles (Residential)

What are the rules for where you can place an outdoor receptacle on your home? I read somewhere (can't remember where) that you are not allowed to tap power from inside a kitchen or laundry/utility ...
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Can i install a receptacle?

im wanting to install a receptacle in my living room, im no expert but im always willing to learn. there are white, red and black wires. could you help me with this project. i would greatly appreciate ...
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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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Can I install an outlet on a freestanding pillar platform?

Example: could I take 4 pyramid deck blocks and cover with 2x12 pressure treated on edge, pour gravel in that and cover with 2x12, this then would be a solid platform for mounting the outlet. ...
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2 prong to 3 prong outlet - with pigtailed grounds

I've seen a bunch of these questions and I just want to be absolutely positive that I'm doing the correct thing here. I have about 2-4 wall outlets per bedroom - all of them on 15amp breaker(s). I ...
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Adding double gang switch for two different lights?

I have power coming into a light fixture and down to the switch. I want to add a double gang to put in a second switch that would turn an outlet on/off in the bedroom. What is the proper way to take ...
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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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Studio apartment only has 2 prong outlets, I need to plug my PC into a 3 prong one

I recently built my PC, and it is plugged into a 2 prong outlet through a surge protector using a cheater plug, but I get slight shocks when touching the case. While I can remedy that just by not ...
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Outdoor 50 amp 4-wire Outlet Install

I want to install an outlet for outdoor connection of an RV. However, the location of the service entrance box is close to a inside corner of the exterior of the house so the easiest location is on ...
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Upgrading to GFCI, and the outlet box isn’t screwed into anything

I’m attempting to upgrade an old two prong outlet to GFCI, and all was going well until one of the outlet boxes turned out to not be secured to a stud or anything. As best as I can tell, it looks like ...
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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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Where should I (not) place POE ethernet outlets?

I am planning to wire my house for Ethernet, with wall sockets in various rooms. At the moment it will be plain 1Gbit/s ethernet, but in future I want the potential to upgrade to 10Gbit/s and power-...
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power to outlet until something is plugged in

I have a single item on the line. I have power on that line until I plug something in and then I lose power to that outlet. I replaced both the circuit breaker and outlet. Suggestions please.
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Can I connect a Lutron Caseta switch to a half hot outlet?

I recently installed a Lutron Caseta (PD-6ans) switch that connects to a half-hot outlet. I noticed there is still a trickle of electricity coming out of the switch even when it's off. Enough to make ...
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Can I use four-wire cable from the panel to create a two-circuit duplex outlet?

I am planning on adding a server to one of the closets in my house. In order to do that I need to run electrical to the location of the server. For severs they recommend having 2 independent lines of ...
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Can I wire a 3 way switch to a light but also have an always-hot receptacle?

I'm trying to hook up an always-hot outlet coming from the 2nd 3-way switch, which that switch controls a light. I'm thinking if I connect the black wire from the outlet cable to any of the 3 wires ...
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How can I fix a circuit where the outlet tabs were erroneously removed?

I believe I messed up quite a few outlets. I ripped the tab off every Hot side of the new outlets I installed and tossed the old ones. Now I’m having a problem with outlets no longer working in the ...
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Metal box grounding question GFCI outlet

What is this wire for? The picture shows a wire connected to the grounding screw and back to the outlet. Is this commonly done to get a connection to the metal box? My outlet tester shows this outlet ...
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RV Pedestal - 20 AMP GFCI & 50 AMP 14-50 in same 2 Gang Box?

I'm installing an RV pedestal at my home. Out-of-the-box pedestals are not available. I'm using a 70 AMP outdoor main lug load center (HOM24L880RBCP), and a quad 2-20A 1P, 1-50A 1P breaker to feed two ...
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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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Identifying cause of floating ground

I noticed that the ground prong of the only 5-15 receptacle in my laundry room appears to be floating. Findings: The ground wire behind the receptacle measures 0 ohm (i.e. continuous) with the ...
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4 outlets and 2 switches not working

Yesterday morning I woke up and had 4 outlets and 2 switches not working. I tested the outlets and have 0 ACV. The breaker shows 120 ACV. Took all the outlets apart and noticed one had over heated on ...
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Why are these electrical outlets interconnected?

I need to replace a dual electrical outlet and fix some melted insulation/exposed wires inside. I found that the two sockets are wired like this: Coming out of the wall I have dedicated wiring for ...
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2 independent GFCI (or 2-pole GFCI) outlet in 1-gang box. Does that exist?

I have a 1-gang duplex outlet under the sink in my kitchen. The two outlets are on separate phases of a single MWBC circuit. One of them powers the garbage disposal, and is controlled by a switch. The ...
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20A Bathroom Circuit including lights/fan, add outlet for 1300w(max) bidet

Pretty sure I'm okay here 20A=2400w, 1300w bidet, ~160w fan, ~100w LED lights=~1500w which is less than 80%. Only possible hiccup is it is in a master bath with dual vanity so slight chance my partner ...
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Outlet looks like a NEMA 10-50 but is only stamped at 30

There is an electric stove plugged into this outlet. I can't tell what plug it is to make an adapter for car charging. This is in the U.S.
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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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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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How do you wire a 250 volt plug when you need 240 volt power for a hot water heater

I have a 50 breaker/ plug in a temporary RV power source. The hot water heater I have needs 240 volt. How do I connect the wires on the 50 amp plug so that it runs the 240 volt needed for the hot ...
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Can two 120V outlets be converted to one 240V for stacked washer dryer combo?

There are two 120V outlets in laundry area of all electric townhouse built in 1982. All the 24" wide electric stacked washer dryers combos require 240V. What is the best way to make necessary ...
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Can I add an additional outlet using an existing outlet that has no ground wire?

I am looking to add new receptacles (15A) behind my TV by running a 12/2 romex (20A circuit/breaker) from a nearby existing receptacles (15A). The problem is, the existing receptacle has no ground ...
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Underground electrical box?

The picture shows the spot in my front yard where an outlet used to be. There is a fourth wire not visible in the picture. We have since brought the grade down about two feet and it no longer makes ...
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What are “backstab” receptacles/outlets?

Several questions and answers on the site mention electrical outlets or receptacles with "backstab" holes (just a short while ago, here). I'm sure people in the US find that description to ...
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Add 2 downstream receptacles from a single outlet

I have a receptacle in the middle of a series of receptacles, it has line in and load out to the next receptacle (no pigtails). I need to add another outlet near this receptacle and due to placement ...
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How much space is needed for an outlet between window frame and counter top?

How much minimal vertical distance is required between the kitchen counter top and window frame for placing an electrical outlet? We are starting a kitchen remodel.
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Light switches are not working, all outlets are

I woke up this morning and realized that none of the light switches in my home are working, however all outlets are still working. I checked the breaker and nothing was tripped, then I went ahead and ...
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What is the cause of this short in the outlet receptacle?

My dishwasher was plugged into this socket, and then this happened, tripping the circuit breaker. So I assume there was a short in the outlet, but how could that have happened? I replaced the outlet ...
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How should my new outlets be connected to this circuit?

So I'm adding some more outlets to my room. It's an old farm house and my room has the wires run in the plastic things you can just stick to the wall. Well I just put two more outlets in on the ...
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Is this normal - Electrical outlet - make hot prong on cable a tiny bit warm

My vacuum cleaner cable and plug (pins) used to get hot. As a workaround, I bought a heavy duty extension cord and I use it with the vacuum cleaner. Originally, I noticed that while the vacuum ...
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Can I place a receptacle entirely inside a box and close it up?

There is a metal junction box sticking up 6" out of the ground mounted to the top of a piece of conduit. There is a rubber gasket and metal cover screwed to the box. Inside the box is simply six ...
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How to remove dust from outlet holes?

A few outlets in the apartment I am renting have not been used for a while And I noticed dust accumulating in the hole where the prongs go. Is it safe to use outlets with dust in them or Should I ...
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Switching a 240 volt 3 wire to a 250 v 2wire

I want to use my generator to power my welder. It runs off a 250v, 50 amp receptacle in my shop. The generator receptacle is not a 3 prong as the cord is to my welder. I picked up a receptacle, 250v, ...
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Mounting Electric range when stud is on the center line?

I am installing 50 amp circuit for a basic 30 " freestanding electric range, The range I settled on is 40 amp. The instructions included say they do not recommend a 50 amp power cord from the ...

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