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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 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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3 sets of wires

I am replacing some old switches in my moms house and I ran into a couple that have 3 sets of wires instead of two and I dont want to install the new plug incorrectly. I generally dont use the quick ...
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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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How do I wire a switch to control a GFCI Receptacle?

I want to switch a GFI outlet. It will be on a single 20 Amp circuit breaker with no other outlets or devices in the circuit or downstream from the outlet. It will be used to switch a dust ...
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Power Panel Grounding and Neutral Bonding / Dryer hookup in an older home [1975]

In my home I have the old 3 wire Dryer and Range connections. Looking at my CB service panel; my neutrals (white) and my ground wires (bare copper) connect to the same bus bar. Main service panel - ...
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Circuit Breaker Finder - Finding TWO Breakers for one outlet

I have a 1948 house that has mid-century conduit throughout. All old two-prong outlets in the old house; only the 1980s extension has your typical 14/2-G. Anyway, in the old house (as the title says) ...
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Loose connection in Cooper night light receptacle

I have a Cooper / Eaton nightlight-receptacle TR7735W (manufactuer, amazon), which I replaced a standard receptacle with. The receptacle is not at the end of the run, so there's a line out to the next ...
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How to add grounds to a 120 amp panel and grounds electrical outlets

I'm buying an older home. The inspection showed no ground on the panel and no ground on some outlets. I'm assuming the outlets are near water, sinks, etc, that need the reset protection. I currently ...
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120v on black and white wires

I have been troubleshooting this for some time now. Any help would be great! A friend of mine's wife plugged in a hair dryer and lost power about 2 minutes into it. A few hours later the power was ...
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How urgent is it to resolve two-prong problems?

I have read How do I use three-prong appliances when my outlets are mostly two-prong?. I have recently moved into a house that has some two-prong and some three-prong outlets. The place in the ...
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Help with hot/neutral outlet - false reading?

I recently bought an older house and on one of the circuits every outlet (7 outlets spread out over two rooms) gives a "hot/neutral reverse" reading when I use a circuit tester. I looked at each ...
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How can I add a recepticle to this junction box full of push splices?

This is a picture of the junction box with all the wires. I've just never seen a junction box with this many wires. I'm brand new at DIYing electrical stuff but I'm fixing my attic up into a bedroom ...
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How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?

I have two countertop outlets in my kitchen that I am in the process of replacing with new, GFCI-protected outlets. These two outlets are on a circuit together, and they are the only loads on that ...
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Did not remove break off tab on electrical outlets replaced

I changed three very old electrical outlets in my grandmother's home today, and was thinking afterward about how they were wired. After finishing they did work when tested, with a simple desk lamp, ...
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Switch control both light and outlet

In the en-suite bathroom, there is a switch (1 of 3) that controls the main overhead light and the outlet. Is there anyway to get the outlet to have constant power? Or is this one of those jobs that ...
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In-cabinet power outlets flush with wall or cabinet?

I have a couple of power outlets in my cabinets, one for a built-in microwave, the other for a countertop light. Should they be (1) flush with the wall and have the opening in the cabinet cut out ...
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Can I have a 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit with a 20 amp GFCI

I'm installing a few new outlets in my unfinished basement and what I have currently is a 20 amp circuit and I have a 20 amp GFCI outlet hooked on to that. I'm looking to add another standard 15 amp ...
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Scorched receptacle

After unplugging the 8,000 btu window a/c that had been there for a couple of months, the outlet is noticeably black/scorched. I haven't inspected it yet but I'm disturbed. Not sure if I did something ...
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Laundry Room outlet and light not working

My overhead light and outlet in my laundry room are not working, all of the sudden. They are on the same breaker and nothing else in the house is on that breaker. I just replaced the light switch and ...
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How critical is it to use the correct wire colors within the same electrical outlet?

I am replacing "razor only" receptacles to GFCI. The outlet contains a LINE cable (black, white, bare copper). The previous receptacle of course did not use three prongs, so the ground was just ...
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Looking for triple 3-way switch [closed]

Where can I find a triple, 3-way switch (toggle style) were all of the switches are 3-way. All triple switches I find only have one 3-way, the other two switches are single pole. Here’s why I need a ...
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GFCI conversion trouble: receptacle not screwing into outlet support plate

I'm trying to convert old "razor only" receptacles to GFCI protected ones in bathrooms. Since the old outlets are large 2-gang 4" boxes, I had to get GFCI conversion kits (manufacturer's specs) with a ...
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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 ...
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Future proofing for 240V outlet

I currently have a 12A EVSE that takes either 120V or 240V and uses a normal three-prong (NEMA 5-15) plug. I am looking to install a 240V outlet on a 50A circuit breaker to use with this EVSE, but I'm ...
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Does it matter if my newly installed GFCI reads “open ground”?

I just replaced a few two-prong outlets with GFCI outlets so we can plug in things built this millennium. Two of them outlets read "correct" on my circuit tester, but one reads "open ground." None of ...
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No power/lights in part of our garage

I am having an issue in my garage where 3 outlets dont work and my 2 fluorescent hanging lights dont work. I have put new outlets in to see if that was the issue, I have checked our breakers and no ...
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Eliminating an outlet with 2 white 1 green and no black wires

I would like to eliminate an electrical outlet. When I removed it I was expecting to find blackk, white and green wires. However, I found there were 2 white wires and a green but no black. My ...
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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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How can I fit a face plate to two devices in separate single-gang boxes?

I ran into an issue when changing an outlet and switch in what I thought was a double gang box. After opening it up I found it was 2 single gang boxes next to each other. The previous switch and ...
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Lights will not come on after taking out wall outlet

OK.. I noticed smoke coming from my bedroom wall outlet.... I went outside turned off what I thought was the breaker to that room.... Come to find out that breaker had already switched itself off... ...
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Is it ok to add an outlet from an Exit sign?

I'm trying to install WiFi expanders in our mostly brick building. The barrier is a lack of outlets where we need them. There are literally no outlets in locations were the WiFi expanders could also ...
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Can an outlet be installed at a splice?

In the bathroom in my new house there is a blank wallplate. When I remove the wallplate, I see the wires in the following photo. When I asked the builder's electrician, he said that this was a Jacuzzi ...
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Wiring switch outlet to be half hot

I currently have an outlet that is wired to a switch. I want to turn it into only half hot so one is always powered on and the second is controlled by the switch. I understand that to accomplish ...
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Should I replace a stove wall outlet that became loose but we bent back the prongs?

The stove suddenly quit working, with only the broiler still working. Upon investigation, the 3 prong stove outlet prongs inside of the outlet appeared to have been spread apart too far so the 3 prong ...
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Can ground attached to 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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Requirements for adding outdoor outlets

I would like to run a line of outlets on the front side of my house. Ideally there will be: 1 circuit of outlets that are always on for general use 2 circuits of outlets that are on timers, one for ...
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Should I use pigtails for pass-through split outlet connections?

I have some outlets that are set up in a split circuit (separate lines for top and bottom). I was going to replace the outlet to update it to a more modern looking one and found that there are 4 ...
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Is a tight fit acceptable when fitting a GFCI into an old metal box?

It was recommended by the inspector to replace the current 2-prong outlets with GFCI outlets (grounded 3 prong was the top recommendation, but that is a bit out of budget for renovations at the moment)...
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Can I use an adapter to convert a 120v outlet to 240v?

I purchased a dryer that has a 240 plug but my socket use 120. Can I purchase an adapter instead of having to install a new socket?
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How should I connect my new light switches?

I have 2 bedrooms in which I am trying to swap the old light switches out with new switches. After removing covers, found the old switches had 2 black wires connected to the two terminals, and 2 white ...
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What kind of electrical outlet is this? Red, winking-face shape

I found this outlet on the second floor of my apartment. I thought the plug could be an isolated ground plug, but then why is the connector so weird? And I dont live in a hospital. Important: I ...
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Changing outlet with 3 live wires, 3 neutrals, and 1 ground. Question / seems kinda crowded? [duplicate]

Images: https://imgur.com/a/NbXxkFl I was going to change out this outlet. It was previously all shoved together in a back-wire type outlet (The kind you just stab in). Was going to replace with a ...
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How do I relocate a generator inlet box?

From the images above, I have a 30 amp generator inlet that connects to a transfer switch. I’d like to relocate that inlet box to the outside of the house so that I don’t have to run my L14-30 cable ...
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can I convert four-wire 250 volt, 30 amp dryer to two 125 volt dual outlet receptacles?

Can I use the 10 gauge wires (red, black, white, ground)from 30 amp, 250 volt dryer receptacle for two 125 volt circuits for two separate duplex receptacles? Can I use stranded wire for jumpers, or ...
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using two outlets as extension cord

I'm helping a friend build a cabin and we have a generator. I was wondering if I could wire an outlet on the outside of the cabin and another inside. The outside outlet would be for power in and the ...
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Installing outlet receptacle in unfinished basement furnace/water heater room

Recently bought a house with a furnace/water heater utility room in the basement surrounded by a bedroom and playroom space. We just had a water filtration system put in this room that requires a plug....
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How can I install an electrical plug without a stud nearby?

I need to place an electrical outlet where there is no stud. Where can I find outlets to do this?
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Blender killed outlet?

tl/dr: It seems a finicky blender killed my outlet - My blender initially turns on but then stops after a moment, and won't turn back on. I plugged a night light into one plug and it turns on ...
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GFCI outlets in kitchen

I was wondering if i could have one outlet control all counter outlets? I need to replace some and trying to do this cheaper. I'm buying a property and trying to get it up to code.
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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 ...