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

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How to extend a power outlet from an existing outdoor light

There is an outdoor light owned by HOA, located outside of the door of my apartment unit. And I'd like to install a security camera near the light. There is no outlet there, and How can I extend an ...
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Is it OK to draw different current from L1 and L2 on NEMA 14-50?

I want to power a rack of commodity servers with 110v power supplies from single NEMA 14-50 outlet. I plan to distribute servers between L1 and L2 such that even at full tilt current on either side ...
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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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Can a ground attached to a neutral fool a receptacle tester?

I'm using a basic outlet tester like the one from picture below. Let's say someone wired the ground to the neutral in some outlet, to provide a fake ground. What would the tester report? Would it be "...
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How to measure power usage on a 120V circuit that can go up to 20 Amps?

I want to measure the power coming out of a 120V outlet that can go up to 20 Amps. A standard household circuit is limited to 15 amps but this is a special situation where we're running our own ...
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Does my wiring plan sound OK?

I bought a house built in '69 in northern VA a few months ago. Having mapped out the upstairs circuits, I've discovered that the whole place is a wiring mess. I am remodeling each room and bathroom ...
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Adding hot receptacle from current light switch power?

My current situation is power comes into light switch and then to receptacle controlled by light switch. I need to add a hot receptacle. I assume I can pig tail the incoming power wires inside the ...
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Line to GRN or Neutral to GRN blowing my GFCI?

I just helped my friend change an outlet in the garage of a home he just moved into. The outlet was an old duplex that I replaced for a GFCI. The installation went fine, outlet tested properly and ...
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How to wire GFCI combination switch/receptacle

I’ve looked all over and I can’t seem to find any diagrams for this specific application. I have a combo switch/outlet GFCI receptacle that is midstream on the circuit and I want to wire it so that ...
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Electrical Outlets not working after pressure-washing the house

I just had my house pressure washed and my power to my bathroom does not work. The breaker for my bathroom/outside receptacle did not trip. I replaced the outside outlet and the electric still didn't ...
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Double-pole breaker connected to two receptacles/outlets on same column/post

We have a double-pole breaker that seemingly is connected to two outlets in the same column/post in a room. 3-Light tester reads all three lights, multimeter reads around 240 volts in each outlet. ...
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can I convert four-wire 250 volt, 30 amp dryer to split-receptacle 125 volt outlet?

Can I use the wires (red, black, white, ground)from 30 amp, 250 volt dryer receptacle for 125 volt split receptacle?
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Electrical: Wall Outlet Requirements

I am looking at the electrical code and see a couple things that read a bit... vague, or perhaps not quite easily interpreted. Any wall greater than 2' wide must have an outlet Does this mean ...
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What is the easiest solution to add receptacle along an unfinished, exterior, insulated, basement wall?

I need to add a pair of receptacles along an unfinished, insulated, exterior basement wall. I want the easiest method possible. I have no plans to finish the basement. I need each receptacle to be on ...
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How to chase down an open neutral and low voltage issue

So I bought a home built in the '70s. The circuit in question includes a couple of garage outlets, half of the spare bedroom outlets/light which shares a wall with the garage, hallway light, and an ...
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What is the max number of outlets on a GFCI circuit?

I found a couple of related questions about one GFCI for several outlets How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel? How can I find the first receptacle in a circuit? But I am not finding ...
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Breaker keeps tripping even when nothing plugged in

My bedroom breaker keeps tripping even when nothing is plugged in to any of the outlet linked to this breaker. Sometimes it will keep tripping when I try to push it back up and after 10-20 min' turn ...
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Can I convert a fused dryer outlet to two 20 amp circuits?

We have a dryer plug we no longer use. We would like to make it a quad outlet box instead. The outlet is wired to a fuse panel with 2 30 amp cartridge fuses. Is it within code to switch those 2 fuses ...
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Can I install an outlet near the ceiling of a pavilion?

I'm in the process of building a pavilion. I'm doing the work myself. We are hanging a TV from the ceiling. I was planning on installing an outlet near the ceiling so I can plug in the TV. However,...
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Minimum distance from receptacle terminal to conduit connector

Is there a minimum distance required from a receptacle terminal to a conduit connector? Surely this is defined in the NEC somewhere right?
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Can I split the feed to a duplex 20 amp receptacle from different capacity circuits?

Is it possible to split-feed a 20 Amp receptacle with one receptacle using 15amp and the other 20amp circuits?
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Extend/splice 12/2 romex along concrete finished wall

I would like to extend some wiring for a counter outlet that is running behind a refrigerator, which currently encased in a metal "cable concealer" raceway. Note: wiring is in a raceway because most ...
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Grounding for Outdoor Outlet

I have an outdoor outlet about 60' from my house. It is properly wired using an underground cable with ground. It is in a plastic box with plastic conduit protecting the stub-up. Recently a tree ...
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Open concept kitchen

For a 26ft outside load bearing wall i am opening up with 2 26ft lvl, Will I need a support column in the middle or can i just do the support columns on both ends. I have enlarged my kitchen. Now I ...
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How to wire 3 hots / 3 neutrals into this new TR outlet with 2 screws?

I'm redoing some of the outlets in our house, as they are pretty loose. Some of these have been really easy, but I came across one today where there were 3 hots and 3 neutrals. All 3 were going into ...
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Can I run a #12 outlet branch and a #14 light branch off a 30A breaker?

Was wondering if i can feed an entire room with one 30 amp breaker, 10/2 to an attic junction box, then break out 12/2 for outlet daisy chain (four 15 amp-type outlets) and 14/2 for a light circuit.
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Wiring is dead in 4 outlets

I have 4 outlets that are dead in my 2nd floor bedroom. I checked the wiring and the wiring is dead no juice. The circuit breaker is not tripped. What would cause the wiring to die?
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First time changing switches and outlets (receptacles). Anything special I should know?

I am replacing a bunch of switches and receptacles in my house. While I understand the basics, this is pretty much my first electrical project, and I figure there must be some hidden "gotchas" or ...
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What to do with an underground pool outlet now that the pool is gone

I took down a pool that has an underground wire( through conduit) that has an electrical outlet that supplied power to the pump. What can I do to terminate the outlet ? The yard is set to be filled ...
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Running electrical on outside of house

I need to convert an outlet to 230V 15A for a window AC. Unfortunately the outlet is on the second floor, outside wall of a solid brick house. I’m considering punching a hole through the back of the ...
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NEMA 6-15 to NEMA 6-20 A/C unit

My energy provider sent me a WiFi A/C system to hook up to my window unit, however, I cannot plug it into my wall because I appear to have a NEMA 6-15 outlet that matches the plug on my A/C unit and ...
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Does this violate electrical code? (UF run plugged into GFCI to use smart outlet)

I built a deck on the back of my house last year and installed a new breaker and a handful of outdoor electrical outlets. I wanted one outdoor outlet to be switchable via a smart outlet, but my smart ...
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Why are 120 V general receptacle circuits limited to 20 A?

The NFPA-70 (National Electrical Code) prohibits the use of breakers larger than 20 A for general receptacles. But I have my doubts. A 20 A breaker on a 120 V circuit with appropriately sized wires ...
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Circuit Not on Any Breaker, but Off with Main Breaker

Looking through my main panel today I discovered that at least 1 circuit does not appear to be attacked to any breaker. If I turn off the main breaker of the house, the circuit does turn off. How can ...
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Installed Self-Grounding 3 prong in place of 2 prong

I had a 2 prong plug in place where I needed a 3 prong. (no heavy loads, just TV and such) I read about replacing this with a 3 prong and found out the following: If the hot end to the box screw ...
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Replacing receptacles - why are white and black wires crossed?

I am in the process of replacing all receptacles and wall plates in my home. Most of the receptacles are pretty straight forward to replace as they have only one black and one white wire (and ground). ...
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What kind of wire should I use to pigtail an outlet?

I want to turn my 2 hot and 2 neutral wires into a pigtail for my outlet. Since I don't have any extra wire or black wires, what kind should I purchase? The wires in my receptacle are copper.
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Outlets are half voltage and/or don't work

I have a old house with knob and tube wiring and today my breaker keeps tripping. I have a couple of 240v outlets (dryer and range) that are on different breakers. I get 115v readings from each of ...
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Dedicated 240v 30A Circuit Switched for A/C and NEMA 14-30 [duplicate]

I have a dedicated 240 volt circuit that's hard wired into my air conditioning unit. The circuit has a 30 amp breaker at the main box and another 30 amp breaker on the wall next to my air conditioner....
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Loss of power when I remove item from the outlet

I have this unusual electrical issue in our master bedroom. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. We have this $3 LED night light in our bedroom and when we take it out, the power/...
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3 wire outlet.i know white goes with silver and black with copper. Does the order they go matter?

There's six wires plus a ground. Wich one goes where?1234?🤷‍♂️
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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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Can I connect an LED light fixture to a 240 volt oulet?

My question: I'm replacing a metal halide fixture with a LED fixture. The outlet is single phase 240V (split with no neutral). Is it ok to connect the LED fixture to this outlet? I'm asking because ...
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Exterior outlet not working

I have had a problem with 3 rooms and a bathroom all on one breaker. I originally thought I would need to split the circuit, but then decided to check the breaker first in case there were 2 wires ...
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Can I cover receptacles with solid metal cover without removing receptacle?

I have a few outlets that I don't want to be used by my kids. They are teens and the baby proof solutions will not work. I really don't want them to use it, not by accident, not because they forgot, ...
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Does a ground wire to a receptacle box improve safety if appliance only has 2 prongs?

If an outlet will only ever have 2 prong devices plugged in is there any safety purpose to have a ground wire added.
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2 GFCI or not 2 GFCI

With modern Bidet Seats are becoming more common, especially models that offer an electrical plug-in option to heat and dispense water, does the Bidet Seats need to be plugged to a GFCI electrical ...
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Do lights in a circuit have to be grounded for the whole circuit to be grounded?

I have a circuit in my old house (built 1918), it’s gone through many remodels during its lifespan and multiple owners. This one circuit has no grounded outlets, so I had a look behind the outlet to ...
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I need a 'female' 120V AC Plug / socket for a wall plate?

I cannot find what I am looking for anywhere, I don't even know what to search. Something that would be the child of these two, if they had one. I realize you can buy a kit that includes this piece, ...
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Can I use 220 V outlets on a 15 ampere breaker and wire it up as 110 V?

I purchased a 220 V outlet and didn't realize it. My circuit is 15 amperes. I wanted to hook up a series of normal 15 ampere 110 V outlets. When I look at the outlet it looks exactly like a regular 15 ...