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

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Outlet box between shallow and standard?

Is there an outlet box that's shallower than a standard, but not as shallow as a "shallow"? I need a box that's smaller than a standard, but don't need one that's SO shallow. Hoping there's ...
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Height of gang boxes for entertainment center

Wall mounted televisions are supposed to be at a comfortable viewing height when sitting down, according to most television and wall mount manufacturers (standard -- 42"). Now I'm working on new ...
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What wire should I run to my garage for tools and a welder?

I will be running 240v to my garage to wire up an outlet. From the Panel in our basement to the plug location it is about 30M(~100ft) away. I am hoping to have an outlet in my garage that can service ...
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Adding an outlet to a 3 way switch on 'far' end

I'd like to add an outlet near a 3-way-switch as it's the closest potential source. My issue is that there is no constant load at this location; when I toggle the other switch the red and black wires ...
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Receptacle outlet between garage doors?

I want to install an outlet in between two garage doors. I am wondering if there is something in NEC which either explicitly prohibits, or forces to treat, an outlet in this location as an ...
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Troubleshoot my outlet

My fridge in the garage stopped working. The outlet had no power, I replaced the outlet but still no power. Here are some observations I made: The lights sharing the same breaker switch turns on and ...
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How can I replace the outlets when the boxes are too small?

I need to replace the outlets in my 54 y/o home but the junction boxes are too small to accommodate the new outlets. Is there a way to replace the junction boxes without having to cut a new hole?
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Half Hot Outlet Tripping when Light is connected

I am hoping someone might be able to share some insight as to what I can next do to troubleshoot this problem. In my room I have 3 outlets, the last one in the in circuit is a half-hot outlet ...
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Can I extend 20 amp garage outlet? Or can I only move it?

In attached garage there is a receptacle with a single 20 amp outlet (marked as "Freezer" in a breaker panel). It is in inconvenient location. The idea is to extend this circuit to an area ...
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Changing a switched outlet to half-hot and found pigtails

I’m trying to change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet. The receptacle itself had one black wire and two white wires (plus ground), and then I saw a pigtail with two black and one white wire. I ...
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How to connect one set of wire (+ ground wire) to outlet

So I've been going through the house and have been updating our outlets and it usually involved connecting two sets of wires and a ground wire. Today however, I ran into a set up that consisted of one ...
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Code check: Installing a garage security flood light

Below is my current understanding of end-to-end project for installing a garage security flood light. Wonder whether this is NEC 2017 code compliant or not. Any suggestions/recommendations are welcome!...
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Is there a way to determine the order of items on a circuit?

Just purchased a new house and have been doing some electrical work, and I've been surprised at how many things have been crammed into single circuits. For example, one circuit seems to serve four ...
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what can cause 66 volts at 110 outlets in my moble home

I went to hookup a 110 volt hottub, but when we plugged it in we only got 66 volts. I then tried another plug in the house - 66 volts. I went to another building, my shop, which has its own breaker ...
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Are tamper resistant receptacles really safer?

Tamper-resistant receptacles (marked with TR, sometimes know as TRR) are designed to be safer than regular outlets by making it more difficult to insert foreign objects. That said, there are lots of ...
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What happen if misaligned connect 6 outlet

Mistake can happen, so because the design. Will the electricity work okay?
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Broken ground wire in receptacle box

I’m pretty new to home DIY and had to replace a few outlets this weekend. On the last one the ground wire snapped as soon as I unscrewed the old outlet. It looks like the wire was clamped to the other ...
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Rewiring switched ceiling lights and outlet switched top receptacle to switched ceiling lights and always on outlet

In my living room there are: Recessed dimmable ceiling lights A switch with a dimmer An outlet where the top receptacle is only on when the ceiling lights are on. The bottom receptacle is always on. ...
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What can I replace oversized waterproof outlet cover with?

In my house I have two external outlets like this: Both of them cracked and need replacement. Though I found a straight replacement (Leviton 4986-GY 1-Gang Duplex Device Wallplate Cover, Oversize, ...
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Why does only half of my outlet work?

I just moved into a new place. I plugged my vacuum into an electrical outlet, my vacuum won't turn on. So I tried the other side, my vacuum turns on. I then plug in a lamp to the side that won't work ...
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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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Plugging in my dishwasher and water filter to the same outlet with an extender

I have two appliances that I need to plug in to the same outlet. These are: A dishwasher - Bosch Benchmark 40-Decibel Top Control 24-in Built-In Dishwasher (Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR A water ...
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Can i use Existing Light fitting to power video doorbell?

---UK HOME--- I have the feeling the answer is going to be no but let's see. Currently i only have a light switch and ceiling light in my front porch and no power socket. I want to install a video ...
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Best solution for outdoor outlet with permanent connection?

I have a circular junction box on my deck (outside) where I can presumably attach an outlet, and it is connected to a switch. I have string lights I'd like to permanently connect to to this outlet (...
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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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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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Is it safe to swap a 30A “Dryer Socket” with a 40A “Range Socket” if the breaker is 40A?

Just bought a house built in 1979 and am working on renovations. Today we had a new range delivered and ran into an issue trying to install it. Essentially, the old range was connected to a 30A "...
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Question regarding confusing outlet smart switch install

I've been recently trying to install 2 new smart switches in place of some older light switches, but I cant for the life of me figure this out. Here is a picture I drew of the current wiring as I can ...
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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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3 way switch with outlet always live

First box has 14/2 from panel, 14/2 to outlet, 14/3 to the other switch Second box has 14/3 from the first switch and 14/2 to the light.. how can I wire these up for 3 way switch.
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Once outlet removed others in separate room don’t work

Doing a remodel in our formal dinning room and need to remove an outlet. Once outlet removed, outlets in other room don’t work. Once I reconnected the outlet other outlets worked. How do I remove the ...
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How do I add a receptacle outside off the porch light

I put in a gazebo in the back of the house and I want to install a receptacle from the only electrical source which is a porch light. I could just run some wire thru the base of the light and run it ...
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240 V dryer outlet is reading 245 V

My 30 A dryer outlet reads 122 and 123 V on my multimeter (a total of 245 V). Will this be a problem for a new modern dryer if it is higher than 240 V? It is a three prong outlet.
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Outlets not working in bathrooms

Is it possible for a fuse from the main breaker box to go bad? I have 3 outlets not working 2 in 1 bathroom and 1 in another bathroom all on the same floor. In the bathroom with 2 outlets had 1 GFCI ...
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Usage of 125V 20A receptacle for 240V 1A circuit

I need to instal a receptacle in my 240VAC, 3 phase machine for a 12V, 1A adapter. Adapter is good for 120-240VAC input. I happen to have a 125V, 20A duplex receptacle on hand. Is it okay to use it ...
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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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240v reading on a 120v outlet

I just got back from visiting the house I am moving into in two weeks. I was checking out the electrical circuits in the garage to see how I will be able to run my woodworking tools. I did not get ...
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GFCI has power but outlet doesnt work

Im installing an exterior gfci. It comes from the breaker to a juntion box, to the exterior box. Inside i have a 20amp single pole switch controlling the gfci. Its supposed to be for running power ...
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adding line to same power source causes light switch to stay on

New enclosee porch. I'm installing 2 single pole light switches and an outlet using 12-2. first light switch powers 1 fixtures (den lights) second light switch powers 2 fixtures (exterior wall ...
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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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Electrical Outlet/Switch Cover Vanity Plate Screw Issues

I am taking the time to update all of my outlets and switches in my home since they are 14+ years old or older and most of them are the METALLIC and NOT NYLON and have the vanity/cover plate entirely ...
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Outlet has ground wire connected to neutral and I am trying to replace it with GFCI

While replacing some old receptacles I found this. The wiring is old and clearly whomever installed it was trying to trick someone from seeing it isn't grounded. This is the first in the circuit and ...
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Why’s my new outlet tripping the switch in the panel?

So I bought new outlets to replace the old ones in my house and everything was going fine until I reached the kitchen. The panel switch for this particular plug is split between two (a/b) (if that ...
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Can you wire a 120 volt receptacle off a 240 volt plug?

I want an over-the-range microwave, but my circuit panel is maxed out, so it can't be on its own circuit, and it would be a headache to run a new wire there anyways. My stove has two 120 volt plugs on ...
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utilizing 70 amp circuit breaker

I'm new to "DIY home-electricity improvment", so I appreciate every detail that you provide. I have a 70 amp circuit breaker that I want to use. How can I get three (15 amp outlets) from ...
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Have 3prong dryer cord and 4prong dryer outlet.how do i chane it to work how much and show me pics n videos [duplicate]

How to change 3prong to 4 prong dryer cord How to wire a 3prong outlet where a 4 prong is currently?
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Neutral wires are burning hot, saw an ember

Removed the outlet and the three connected neutral wires were insanely hot. Have an extension cord running a heater, could it be the draw or do I just need a new outlet?
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Wire 2 separate lights from a dedicated outlet plug

I have a dedicated 20amp plug for microwave. It’s the only one not on GFCI or on 4 way in kitchen. Should be fine as using all leds. I spliced off the hot/neutral/ground and ran it to a new 4 gang i ...
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When installing a 14-30R dryer receptacle, do I need an additional ground connection to the box?

Thanks to Stackexchange's Hot Network Questions, I found out that my 3-prong dryer outlet was a safety hazard and I'm replacing it with a 4-conductor 14-30R receptacle and matching cord. I've replaced ...
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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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