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

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Replaced outlets are tripping breaker

We are changing the color of the outlets in the kitchen from white to black. We removed two outlets from the wall (and took pictures of one to be sure to wire the new one correctly). Both are wired ...
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Tester reads “HOT / GRD. REVERSE” [closed]

Everything was working as usual then NOT. I used a 3 prong circuit tester in several outlets and got the same reading on all of them. HOT / GRD. REVERSE. how or why would this suddenly happen and how ...
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Calculate electrical box volume needed

I am replacing some 15A 14/2 outlets. All went fine except the last. I think the box is not large enough. (3) 14/2 coming into the box; one is the live the other two go to other outlets All grounds ...
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Two electric outlets not working

UPDATE : SOLVED !! The problem was in the pigtail wiring. I checked the outlet right next it it, and it was burnt even this one was working fine. By replacing this guy, the other two outlets start ...
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Outside electrical outlet doesn't work after pressure washing

My outside outlet has a flap but son pressure washed house using it. Now will not work I think he had it gotten wet. If I replace outlet would that work?
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Wall Receptacle Outlet is getting hot! Help

I can use some help understanding why an outlet receptacle is getting hot, and if its being overloaded or if the wires are possibly compromised now from being overloaded multiple times. I have a 12-2 ...
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Is this cord bend ok on electric range?

Will this be okay for a 40 amp range? The box was set a little too low. I wasn't sure if they bend what cause any issues.
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Using NEMA 14-50 with 60A breaker

An electrician installed a Tesla wall charger with a 60A breaker. I've added a NEMA 14-50 receptacle to the circuit behind a toggle switch (either the wall charger is powered or the plug, not both). ...
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Dedicated 20 amp outlet tripped twice

In 2017, I had a new 20 amp circuit (with dedicated GFCI outlet and AFCI breaker) installed by an electrician, which is right below my then two-year-old Square D electrical panel box (with aluminum ...
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GFCI outlet reading between 80 and 640 volts on multimeter

I am adding a circuit to feed off a live GFCI outlet. At the outlet I read 118V in both receptacles and the reading is stable. With the new cable, I connected the neutral white to the silver screw ...
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Outlet/outside light dead upon plugging in air conditioner

1: I immediately upon plugging in air conditioner an outlet on the he opposite wall stopped working 2: The porch light, which happens to be on the same wall as the NOW nonworking outlet also quit ...
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Low voltage on homerun

I have a homerun that goes directly to GFCI that is only getting 88 volts. From hot to ground is 122v, from neutral to ground is 23v. In the panel I am getting 122v also. I have 3 outlets past the ...
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partial outlet outage

I am having a problem with outlets that work intermittently in my 1965 house. Some of the electrical has been redone, however this particular circuit is still on original wiring, i.e. no neutral or ...
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Neutral and Live both hot when switch is turned off. How do I connect my new light?

I'm attempting to swap out a ceiling light in a 100 year old house. I have found what appears to be 3 hot (black) wires bound to one of the previously installed light's wires, and 1 hot (black) wire ...
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New Leviton GFCI outlet not working

I just got a new GFCI outlet to replace a non-GFI one in my kitchen. It is a Leviton, product number is GFTR1-KW. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s not working. This same question has been ...
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Why doesn't my tester trip the GFCI?

I have a GFCI that does not trip with the plug tester. I tried troubleshooting the issue. I looked in a junction box, and found all the neutral wires coming from the subpanel were all connected at the ...
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Unwiring an outlet from a switch that also controls a light switch

I have a new apartment and currently have a weird setup. One of my light switches controls both an entire outlet and a light fixture. There's currently three red wires and one black wire, two reds go ...
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Double Outlet, Half Hot, 3-way Switch

I have a project where I need to install two boxes into the ceiling of a basement. Each box will have two outlets, one on a switch and the other always hot. Both boxes will be connected to 3-way ...
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What would be the cleanest way to wire a wyze security camera from a light switch in a staircase?

I am planning to install a wyze security camera at the top of a staircase. There is a light switch right there I can draw from. Was thinking about wiring a romex from the light switch to the ceiling. ...
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Fuse blew, outlet didnt work, replaced outlet, still not working

I was using some power tools in my garage and the fuse blew. I replaced the fuse but the outlet still didnt work. It was an older outlet without buttons so its not GFCI. The outlet is in the garage, ...
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In a light switch, how can I tell if the black wire is really hot and the white wire is really neutral?

I'm just a programmer who wants to add an outlet below my light switch. I did a bunch of research on this topic and decided I could tackle it. According to my research, the hot/line is the black wire ...
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Needing to add an outlet but confused why builder used 14-3 wire on a non-switched outlet

I am trying to add an outlet behind my tv by picking off the outlet below it. When I took off the outlet cover I noticed its in the middle of a run and the builder (house built in 2000) had used 14-3 ...
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Connecting 120/240 receptacles on the same circuit breaker

I want to add a branch circuit to the control panel using 12/3 wire and protected by 20 amp double pole circuit breaker. Is it safe to connect multiple duplex receptacles 120 volts and 240 volts on ...
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GFCI daisy chain problem

I'm in a 2006 mobile home that has a GFCI plug in behind my microwave it's the only plug I have for it. Theres five more regular plugs down stream from it that all say GFCI on them because they're ...
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Wiring two receptacles to an existing one

I have a 40 year old house. There is a receptacle in the garage that has two sets of wires coming into the box. One set is black, white and neutral. The other set is black, white, red and neutral. If ...
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Wiring 2 prong outlet to 3 prong outlet

hi so i brought a old house and some of the rooms have 2 prong outlet with only hot/neutral wire and i changed the 2 prong outlet to a gfci 3 prong outlet but it doesnt have a ground. My question is ...
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Miter Saw tripping breaker, but

I bought a new DeWalt 779 Miter Saw, rated at 15A. Worked fine for a few days in the garage, then I added two more outlets on the same 20A circuit that I had been using. After a few cutting sessions, ...
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Code question: Can electric range outlet with 6 Gage wire be exposed under surface mount box?

I am in the USA. I want to change my propane stove to an electric stove. I have read that I should put in a 50 amp outlet with 6 gauge wire. The employee at the big-box store said I could make it easy ...
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How to wire a ceiling fan to a switch that controls outlet

Switch has only 3 wires. 1 black, 1 white, 1 neutral. They are coming from outlet. No other incoming power source. Outlet has a source to the bottom half. Top half is controlled by the switch. ...
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Is it possible for a microwave to damage outlets and after a while cause a breaker to pop under load?

I tried searching for an answer but couldn't come up with what I was looking for, so sorry if this has been asked before! My wife and I recently moved into a new place which had been recently flipped....
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How do I access this external GFCI outlet? The cover doesn't seem easily removable

An electrician installed this outdoor outlet on my deck a couple of years ago. When we went to use it, we couldn't figure out how to expose the outlet to plug anything in. This stubborn cover seems ...
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Electrical outlet popping sound when plugging in anything?

So a lot of the questions asked about outlets here indicate that the circuit breaker trips when the outlet pops, but mine does not. When I connect even low power stuff like my HomePod or phone charger ...
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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 it OK to replace a 15A outlet with 20A outlet as long as it's already on a 20A breaker?

My circuit panel has a 20 amp breaker on the circuit that leads to the garage (I know this only by the little 20 on the head of the breaker switch). The garage has one 15A outlet, a few lights, and ...
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Receptacle Tester Showing Open Hot

The last 30 years we've lived in this house, we've had a problem with 1 of the bedroom's electrical receptacles. On the same wall, there are 2 receptacles about 10 feet apart on opposite sides of the ...
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What do you mount an outdoor electric box to when it's not near your house?

We'll be laying out several new driveway slabs for our daughters to park on when commuting to college, and need a couple of NEMA 14-50 outlets near those slabs as they both want Nissan Leafs. We will ...
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Installing Outlet for Welder; Possible Dual Use for RV

I'm doing some electrical upgrades to my garage/workshop with upstairs apartment; I'm going to be replacing its 1960s-vintage subpanel which is fed by #4 wire from a 200 amp service entrance panel (on ...
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7 wire outlet to 6

I think I wired my outlet wrong. I have 7 wires coming out of the wall, 2 red, 2 black 2 white and a ground. I only have 4 holes on the back of my new outlet so I put both red wires under 1 screw ...
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Outlet Wiring Identification

I'm replacing an outlet and I don't know which wires attach to which screws. I'm partially color-blind, and two of the wires look like different shades of red and one looks black. I know that the ...
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Can I replace a single dedicated 20A/120V receptacle with a 20A/240V receptacle?

I have a newly-installed, 20A/120V receptacle that is wired using 12/2 copper on a single home run back to my main electrical panel. This was to support an air conditioning unit in a section of new ...
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Is it OK to use 15 amp receptacles with 12 gauge wire?

Is it OK to use 15 amp receptacles with 12 gauge wire? With a 15 amp breaker? With a 20 amp breaker?
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What purpose does a 3+1 outlet/circuit provide when the neutral bus is grounded?

I'm trying to wrap my head around what the benefit is of having to use a 4-prong outlet for newer appliances when it appears the neutral and ground both end up in the same spot. In a dual pole ...
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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How to clean a burnt wall socket?

I had a dishwasher plugged into the wall. The dishwasher plug has always been a little iffy but we have never had a problem with it before. It shorted while the dishwasher was running and I caught it ...
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need advice for installing electrical outlet inside soffit/eave

I'm going to be running new 14/2 from an outlet mounted on the inside of the same wall, through the header, and into the eave/soffit cavity outside. This new outlet will be used to power a nest camera ...
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How to select a good quality Duplex Outlet . . .?

I tend put a lot of effort into select products. I am searching for recommendations on good quality duplex-outlet and how much I should consider paying for it. At the local box store, I can purchase ...
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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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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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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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