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

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Two 20-Amp circuits in one box for outlets . .

I would like run two 20-Amp circuits to a 2-gang box with two duplex outlets. One duplex outlet on Phase A and the other on Phase B. I know to keep the hots and neutral separate and that the grounds ...
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One Outlet in Circuit Briefly Losing Power

There is a 20 amp circuit in my house which includes 5 outlets: 2 in the kitchen (on the wall towards the floor, no appliances plugged in, just a small water fountain for the cat) and 3 in the office. ...
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Replacing gfci and switch lost with wiring

I am trying to replace a GFCI and a switch that share the same box, the old one had line and load opposite of the new and and I have now gotten lost. I have 4 black wires 2 white and 1 ground, hot ...
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Receptacle replacement

I an trying to replace a receptacle that has 4 push-in wires and 2 more wires attached to the side screws. New receptacles won’t accept the 12ga. wire in the push holes. What’s my options?
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Adaptor for 6-awg wire to wire receptable

I need to wire in a receptacle for a sump pump,115v, 15 amp. The run from the fuse box to the receptacle is 200' so #6-2 wire was used. The #6 wire is too thick for the terminals. What do I us to make ...
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Pigtail off before kitchen 20A GFCI for Cabinet Lighting?

I'm struggling finding a power source for the cabinet lighting in our remodel. The breaker box is very full and I'd rather not re-wire/double up breakers are this time. Is it ok to pigtail off of ...
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negligable voltage at receptacle

I replaced my kitchen faucet the oter day and when I hooked the garbage disposal back up to it's dedicated outlet, nothing happened. Next, I plugged a lamp into the outlet and flipped on the switch ...
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What conduit and wire for an outdoor outlet directly to outdoor breaker panel?

I would like to add an outdoor receptacle directly to my outdoor breaker panel for some simple string lights. The idea would be to install new breaker, run flexible conduit from knockout on bottom of ...
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Why would a dryer receptacle trigger another receptacle to quit working

I have my dryer plugged in in my laundry room (Circuit Breaker 5). I have my T.V. plugged in in my living room (Circuit Breaker 7). The dryer is tumbling, but no heat and timer not working. Power in ...
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Help diagnosing power outlet that sometimes works

I have a power outlet in my kitchen that has been impossible for me to figure out what is wrong. Problem: The outlet works for seemingly random amount of time, then stops working for a random ...
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Powerline Adapter Into prong Converter

I live in a pretty old house that has only 2 prong outlets on the floor where my router is. I have bad WifI in my room, two floors up so I bought This Powerline Adapter However, the Adapter is 3 ...
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electrical wiring with 12/2/2

An electrician used 12/2/2 for a home run to the south side of my garage from my garage breaker panel. Not being connected to a breaker yet, can I use this wire for 6- 110 outlets and also 2-220 ...
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Multiple outlets w/bottom switched from two switch locations

Can someone provide a diagram for this? I am finishing my basement and will have multiple outlets where the bottom outlet will be switched from two locations. I understand how to do this with one ...
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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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Is my repair to this plug safe?

The red copper wire was burned so I took out the burnt part of the wire and reinserted all the wires by myself.
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How do I diagnose an open circuit where several outlets are not working?

Breaker tips the second I turn it on. Exactly 5 outlets aren't working. None of the outlets are CFCI, all look like the one in the picture, but others outlets aren't next to light switches and have ...
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120V on hot and neutral wires… just started happening

So last week i was cutting down a small tree with an electric chain saw. I was in a tough spot and the chain saw stopped working. I couldn't find any breakers blown, so i switched to another outlet to ...
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Two outlets in a series are not working

I have two dead outlets. They were originally working but went out when the hair dryer was being used in one of them. They are connected in a series from a receptacle in the dining room which has ...
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Is my 2 prong outlet grounded?

I have a bunch of 2 prong outlets in my house. I am using a multimeter to see if they are grounded (1 in the hot slot and 1 on the screw). Almost all have read either zero (not grounded) or 120 (...
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Ground wire arcing in breaker box

While inspecting the breaker box in my shop area I noticed inside the breaker box was a ground wire that was loose inside the box. The other circuits had grounds connected to the neutral bar. Upon ...
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Sharing a receptacle box 220v with a 3 wire and 4 wire appliance

I have a 60amp 220v run from a sub-panel. The run is a four wire run (2 hots, 1 neutral, 1 ground). The appliances are an air compressor and a welder. The compressor only requires a 3 wire setup ...
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Why are my bathroom outlets and light not working?

First both outlets in my bathroom went out at the same time. I tried the breaker and it was fine. I reset the outlets, still dead. Now I have one main light in the same bathroom that has 4 different ...
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No power to outlet, single line, circuit breaker ok

I have a direct line from circuit box to outlet for garbage disposal, no daisy chain, nothing else on line. Disposal stopped working, thought GFCI was bad, couldn't reset it, so replaced it. Still not ...
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How do I correctly wire a new light/switch from an outlet?

I’m installing an LED strip and would like to run a switch from the existing outlet. I’ve made a diagram that I believe is correct. Anything I’m missing?
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Garbage Disposal Rewiring and Switch to outlet transition

I'm a new guy here. So I'm in process of upgrading my sink and would like to install an air switch for my garbage disposal (GB). As of right now, I have a regular flip switch that operates the GB. ...
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Problems with electrical outlet

I am having a lot of problems with the voltage where I live, having both brownouts and surges. One of the receptacles started to smoke so I replaced it. What I noticed was that contrary to other ...
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Receptical Box located In bottom kicthen cabinet

We have a receptacle Box located in a bottom kitchen cabinet on the back wall with 1 white, 1 red, and 1 black wite. No ground. I wanted to add a plug to it and then took a closer look at what I was ...
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Convert Double Gang Switched Half Hot Outlets to Always Hot w/USB

Our bedroom has two double outlets. One outlet of each four is controlled by a single wall switch (in this switch it's the bottom left). The other three outlets are always hot. See wiring diagram. ...
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Outlet covers no longer fit

I installed a backsplash in my kitchen, after finishing the job I realized that the outlet covers no longer fit due since they are flush with the wall as opposed to slightly sticking out. Is there any ...
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(Solved) Electrical receptacle box has only 2 wires (white and black, no ground), but both are hot so no neutral? Can't figure out why?

Edit - Solved. Thank you @Harper - Reinstate Monica! A light connected to the same breaker was wired incorrectly upstream from the problem receptacle. I think I might be a little over my head trying ...
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Air condiotioning voltage

Can i use a 240v to 120v adapter to plug my 230v window air conditioner into a normal wall outlet without have loss of power to unit or any other problems?
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Old wiring trying to change a switch outlet to half hot outlet

In setting up my work from home office in my 1950's triplex I am trying to change an outlet from a switch to half hot. I snapped the tab on the side but when I was working with the wires realized I ...
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Understanding wires inside junction box

I installed four 4-ft. LED shop lights on the ceiling of my garage and linked them together. Currently, they receive power by plugging in one of the shop lights into the duplex electrical outlet where ...
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how do i make a light switch turn on a lamp plugged into receptacle

the living room has a light switch inside the front door, however it does not control any of the outlets. the photo is of the outlet closest to the switch. this outlet has the red wire (another ...
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My living room outlets are not working after installing new ceiling fan and switch. Ceiling fan and included light works fine

enter image description hereSo I installed a new ceiling fan and included switch now my living room outlets dont work. Fan and ceiling fan light work fine. https://www.wayfair.com/lighting/pdp/...
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GFCI not working with shared wire

I am replacing an outlet in my kitchen and if I replace a regular outlet with a GFCI it and the kitchen lights stop working. If I put back the old outlet or a new "regular" outlet everything works. ...
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Wiring question converting 120to 240

Here's my question since it maybe confusing. Correctly there is a 12/2 with a ground running from panel in basement to the second floor AC. The outlet for the AC was wired 120v 20amp. I am going to ...
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Need help to ID and remove electric outlet cover

I Need some help identifying and removing an electrical outlet cover in the kitchen. I removed the middle screw but the cover is still not coming off, no screws on the sides either.
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Do all horizontal-surface mount outlets need to be “floor receptacles?”

I have a horizontal surface that borders a room - basically a wall, but with a 6" jog in it about 4' off the floor that serves as a ledge or shelf. I'd like to put a couple outlets on this surface. ...
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Odd wiring problem. Novice renovating house

I'm replacing sone outlets and came across one that I'm not sure how to replace. It has 3 white wires, 2 black, 1 blue, and a ground. It would appear that there is a white wire connected to the hot ...
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Options for current armored cable 12/2 but need 12/3

I currently have an armored cable 12/2 with green (ground) leading to a light switch, running outside the wall (simply runs from the light fixture to a surface mounted box where the light switch is). ...
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Can I install a light switch/GFCI outlet combo?

Hi I'm trying to see if I can install a light switch/ GFCI outlet combo here. If not what are other options or alternatives. This is the current situation: This is what I want to use Thanks
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Electical Outets with Bootleg ground

I replaced a couple of broken outlets that had a “bootleg ground “ on them. Most posts say it’s dangerous to have bootleg ground. Older home, no ground, no metal, no metal sheathing on wires. ...
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Neutral Wire snaps In Wall Box

I was swapping out a receptacle for a USB receptacle and I was using the "stabs" in the back of the receptacle to connect the wiring (not under the screw). In the process of straightening the neutral ...
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Electrical outlet arcs only for non polarized grounded plug

Let me start by saying I have ceased the use of this outlet, and will be contacting maintenance for a replacement. I have a grounded outlet in my apartment that has had a power strip plugged into it ...
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In which spaces can small-appliance branch circuits have “No Other Outlets”?

Goal: Understanding the NEC code language for practical DIY application. All occurrences of the phrase "no other outlets" related to a house (not an RV) in the NEC 2017 are: 210.11 Branch Circuits ...
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The plug for my laptop is slowly changing colour, is it still safe to use until I get a new one?

So, right now my charger plug, that connects into the extension cord is slowly changing colour and it looks like it has small bumps, I can’t really tell though. Is it because i’m using an extension ...
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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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Replacing receptacles and found 14 AWG in a 20 amp circuit. Advice?

Bought a house a few weeks ago and I’m in the process of replacing all my receptacles to tamper proof models. Generally all circuits in the house are 20 amps or more and replacing all the 15 amp ...
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Single pole switch installation - 4 wires in box

I recently had a renovation complete with only the rough in work done for electrical. Due to the pandemic, its hard to get people to come by to finish the work. I am trying to install a single pole ...

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