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

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What do I do with two prong plugs in my house, when my fuse box is grounded?

To whom it may concern, I just bought a house that was built in 1958. When the house inspector went through the house, he noted that our main fuse box was grounded at the breaker, and then randomly ...
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Wiring a receptacle from a ceiling box in a basement

I have an electrical box in my basement that I want to wire an outlet into. There are three sets of wires (2 each) -- the usual black and white, and red (and ground). I've tried to wire the outlet ...
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Ground/outlet tester shows bad ground for entire house after switching single outlet

I just changed out a receptacle. Prior to changing I tested the original receptacle with a ground & outlet tester. It showed everything to be wired correctly (green light). After installing the ...
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Why do other outlets not work after I changed one?

Yesterday I changed a wall outlet that had more than two hot and two white wires with a total of about 6 wires on the outlet. Two hot and two white were connected to the old outlet so I just connected ...
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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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Wiring receptacle(s) controlled by a switch

OK, here is a problem that I need solved: To connect indoor (double) receptacle and a switch to an outdoor (porch) single receptacle so that the switch will control when the outdoor receptacle is on ...
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Wiring a light switch and power outlet independent from each other

I just bought a light switch and power outlet in a single box. I've wired it following the instructions, but it doesn't work the way I want it to work. When the light switch is turned off and a power ...
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Switched receptacle to fully powered receptacle withuot losing light function

I have a bathroom receptacle that is controlled by the light switch. How do i PROPERLY separate the switch from the receptacle so as the light still works from the switch but the receptacle stays ...
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How do I identify the breaker a non-working outlet is on?

I have an electrical outlet that doesn’t work and needs to be changed. Is there anyway to figure out what circuit breaker is attached to the outlet to avoid switching off the main power to the whole ...
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exterior NEMA 14-50 AND dual GFCI

I want to Install an exterior NEMA 14-50 (RV plug) and dual 120V GFCIs. (One on each leg). The whole thing is fed from a dedicated 50Amp Dual Pole breaker with 6AWG copper. Is this a proper way to ...
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Using a splitter to use a washer and dryer on this outlet?

I currently have 2 of these single outlets in my laundry room. I just had a tankless gas water heater installed that uses one of these plugs and I am currently left with just one plug for the washer ...
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How to cover old Red Dot outdoor outlet for constant use?

Here's the current outlet. I need to leave a cable connected constantly. Is there a snap-on cover for this type of thing? (Can I gaff tape a quart baggie over it?) tia...
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Adding outlet to existing outlet controlled by switch

I've got an existing circuit of outdoor receptacles, and only one of those receptacles is controlled by a light switch. I want to add another receptacle, so that it's also controlled by the same light ...
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Mystery of the Dead Outlets

I'm completely stumped on what should be an easy problem to solve. My parents home recently lost power to the lights and outlets in their back 2 bedrooms. No breakers are thrown. Here's where it ...
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2 outlets not working, breaker is not bad

We have 2 outlets (one on each side of the wall) that stopped working suddenly. All other outlets and switches on the same breaker (before and after these 2 in the chain) are working fine. We have ...
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Neutral pigtails on MWBC

I've recently moved into a new home with a few outbuildings. Due to the property being in rural unincorporated area, no inspections or permitting was required on the outbuildings when they were built ...
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Should I run outlet circuits through the studs or up and along the top plates?

I have a great workshop (20 x 25 ft, 2 level) that was built with no power (previous owner). I'm installing a subpanel in the shop (90A) and need to install receptacles, lights, etc. as well. I've ...
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Does Electrical Travel Adapters Damage Circuits over long periods of time?

I bought an electric shaver in Australia store, one of those larger Panasonic brands. I want to use it at my residence in USA. Does using Type I (Australia) or International, to US adapter, over long ...
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20 Amp single receptacle on two 15 amp breakers?

I bought a new Master Blaster that draws 18 amps when using both of its motors that I intend to use to when washing/detailing my car. In my garage, I currently don’t have a 20 amp outlet. I have two ...
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Open Neutral in Circuit - Need Help Troubleshooting

I recently lost power to about five outlets on an eight outlet circuit in the kitchen. For what it is worth, there is a GFCI on the first outlet and the last outlet. The last outlet (GFCI) is ...
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Can I use rivets to attach electrical boxes to Purlins?

I'm attaching about 2 dozen electrical "handy" outlet boxes to a new workshop. They will attach to the metal wall purlins, with the wires fed from the top through EMT conduit. Instead of ...
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Do I need outdoor-rated cable for an exterior receptacle?

I'm going to install an exterior receptacle by running a non-metallic (NM-B) cable from an interior receptacle. I will be installing it just on the outside wall right behind the interior receptacle. ...
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Rewiring outlet from half-hot to full-hot [duplicate]

I have multiple outlets in my room where the top plug on the outlet is controlled by a light switch. My objective is simply to make it so that these top plugs are always hot, regardless of the ...
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Can I create an outlet from patio light but always powered on

I am trying to provide an main source for security system. I don't have any socket outside but I do have lights. Could it be possible to construct an outlet or drive a main from this lights so that I ...
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Workshop Outletts on Metal Conduit

Im putting outlets into my new Shop, planning for a 1" EMT conduit containing three circuits running from the panel box: A 20A 120V, B 30A 240V and C 50A 120/240, so 7 conductors plus the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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