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

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How do I troubleshoot a newly installed non-working outlet?

I recently spent several frustrating hours trying to figure out why an outlet on a new branch circuit would not power a load even though there was proper polarity at the outlet, my non-contact voltage ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I ground a new outlet that only has the black/white wires?

I am adding a new outlet but want to make sure it is correctly grounded. I have outlet A that I am going to be creating a new outlet B. I tested A and it says it is grounded and want to ground ...
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Wanting to make existing 2-wire 220V outlet a 4-wire one

(Located in the USA) I've inherited a 220V (or 240V?) circuit which is just capped off inside a junction box. It's hooked up to a 30A breaker, and seems fine, except that it's only a 3-wire run--no ...
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Indicator light flickering on combination switch/outlet

I've looked at 3 furnaces plugged into combination switch/outlets that have indicator lights, but no GFCI switches. On just one switch, the indicator light is flickering unevenly. Is it trying to tell ...
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Want to add lights to existing outlets - beginning of circuit or end?

thanks in advance for help Question is this. I have romex running from the panel to a set of 6 outlets. If I want to add lights and a switch, can I simply add them FROM the first outlet? Details ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Install new wall outlet few feet to the left of existing outlet

If I wanted to install a wall outlet 3 feet to the left of a current outlet, would I have to take down the whole wall? It is possible and how much would it generally cost range? The wall is already ...
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Diagnosing Loss of Power in Bedroom

We have no power to our downstairs bedroom. We had the lights on, and a heater plugged in to the outlet. A family member turned off the heater, and unplugged it from the outlet. When she unplugged it, ...
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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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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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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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No current at light switch

I am trying to troubleshoot two light switches near each other that are not working. None of the wires to the switches have power. None of the circuit breakers are tripped so I am not sure where to go ...
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NEMA 14 with integral JB — how can I ground it to EMT?

There are two general styles of NEMA 14 receptacle in wide use -- one is the conventionally yoked style that is used with a separate junction box in flush mount applications, but can also be used in a ...
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Welding (MMA): what wire and wall socket should be used?

Right now I am planning an electrical conduits and wall socket that is going to be used with a welding inverter, and encountered the following problem: Let's assume inverter maximum consumption is 5 ...
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Is it legal to piggyback an existing indoor outlet to a new outdoor outlet?

I just had a deck installed and wanted to install an outdoor outlet from the inside outlet. It is just on the other side of the interior wall where it would be installed. Is this legal?
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Need help to re wire a outlet and light switch

Hi everyone. I already have a post about the same problem but i cant find it. Sorry I have a problem with my light switch and my outlet in my bedroom. My landlord wired them both together so i can ...
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Neutral shows only continuity to hot with breaker on

I have a GFCI receptacle that as far as I can tell is the first one from the panel (because nothing else is off in the house when the breaker is off). I have to replace the old outlet. When the ...
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One hot three neutrals in a box: help resolve electrical wiring mystery

I had to remove an outlet in a room and I traced the wire back to this junction box that houses a light switch. I disconnected all splices (solder + tape) in the box (foolishly without marking the ...
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i have a hot tub installed on a gfci receptacle but when I plug something in that receptacle it doesn't work?

My hot tub is connected to a gfci receptacle but when I plug something in that receptacle it doesn't work? Is this normal?
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Outlet trips GFCI outlet

Replaced 15v outlet with another basic one. All seemed to go well during install, but after it was over, the gfci outlet trips when I place a reasonable load to it. When left alone, power flows ...
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What could happen if a 240 stove cord was improperly installed and then stove was plugged in to the receptacle?

I think my new stove cord was installed incorrectly — after being plugged in we heard a ((whooooaamp)) sound and all the lights in the house flickered, now none of my 220 appliances will work ...
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Wiring Leviton Timer to Bath Fan and Switch to Light

I am a DIYer with a basic knowledge of electrical wiring. I am having trouble wiring a bath fan to a timer and light to a switch. I can get get power to one or the other, not both. Here is the ...
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120v on black and white wires

Okay I have been trouble shooting this for some time now. Any help would be great! A friend on mines wife plugged in a hair dryer and lost power about 2 minutes into it. a few hours later the power ...
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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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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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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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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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Protect plug from damages

The plug from my pressure washer was damaged while moving it, because at some point it was not tied correctly to the body of the washer, and I believe it was caught between the wheels and the washer ...
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3 way switch controlling outlets. Top working bottom now?

So I just replaced all the outlets and switches In my new house. A three way switch controls all 4 outlets in the living room. I broke the brass tab on one of the outlets and now only the top outlet ...
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After hooking up a USB outlet, some of my outlets and switches stopped working

I have recently change my electrical outlets from the standard one to one with a USB port. That outlet is controlled by a light switch. After installing I check to see if there’s power at the outlet ...
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Open ground on new receptacle

Receptacle for TV shorted out along with power in bathroom and circuit breaker. Replaced receptacle with same wire set up, reset circuit breaker. Receptacle comes up open neutral and bathroom ...
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No power in bedroom and bathroom

I have no lights in my bathroom and have two receptacles and the light in my bedroom that don't work. I replaced the gfci in my bathroom and it works, i have reset it too. The light in my closet works....
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Help with adding outlet to middle of run; new outlet not powered

(Preface: I have read all of the related, earlier questions I can find... still stumped.) I added an outlet to a run by cutting (before Outlet A) what I thought I had identified as the line in to ...
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NEC 422.16(B)(2) Built-in Dishwashers and Trash Compactors Requirement

According to the titled part of NEC, "(4)Receptacles shall be located to protect against physical damage to the flexible cord." I have installed a dishwasher recently, but the plugged to a receptacle ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...