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

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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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Why does my receptacle tester say open ground on my new outlet?

I replaced an outlet and the tester says open ground. I checked all the wires and they are secure including the ground wire. What could be wrong?
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Wiring outlet with a switch for garbage disposal

I took out my kitchen and took some photos of the "old" kitchen's garbage disposal wiring: As you can see, it has 2 black lines connected but only one white line connected, while one is capped off. ...
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Replacing two-plug outlet with one plug + one guidelight

I am replacing a two receptacle outlet in a hallway with a newer Leviton outlet-guidelight combination. I noticed that the outlet box has two wires coming in, both with one hot/one neutral. The new ...
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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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Outlet turning on ceiling fan

I have two switches in my kitchen for the ceiling fan. One red, white, black and ground wire. It was replaced with a receptacle but the fan and other lights on that circuit only work when you plug ...
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What is causing a ticking noise in my electrical outlets?

Several electrical outlets in two rooms started making a ticking sound last fall. I checked the receptacles and tightened the wires on two of them and replaced two of the receptacles. The circuit ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Replacing receptacles - why are white and black wires crossed?

I am in the process of replacing all receptacles and wall plates in my home. Most of the receptacles are pretty straight forward to replace as they have only one black and one white wire (and ground). ...
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Rewiring switched outlets

I have two outlets that have the lower outlet controlled by a wall switch. The red wire is the switch. I am trying to swap these out with an outlet that has only spots for black white and ground and ...
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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 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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How can I add a second light to my bathroom circuit?

I am new to the forum and this is my first major project. I am looking for some help for adding a vanity light above my sink, and wiring it to the existing switch that controls the ceiling light so ...
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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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2 prong to 3 prong outlet help

I don't know too much about replacing outlets, only what I've read online or through YouTube videos. The house was built in the early 50s. Some outlets have been replaced (brand new kitchen) but some ...
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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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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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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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(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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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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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling fan

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a switch that currently turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling fan and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 3 cables coming ...
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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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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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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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How to fix an electrical outlet where the threaded mounting hole is stripped?

The threaded mounting hole in my electrical outlet is stripped; please refer to where the top flat-head screw is in the photo. As a result, the electrical outlet is not physically stable. How should ...
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Removing switch that turns on / off the outlet

I have an outlet which gives electricity only when corresponding wall switch is on. I need to remove the wall switch because I need to put a cabinet on it's place. How do I make the outlet permanently ...
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Baseboard socket plug replacement

So up in the attic guest room of our century home, there’s a baseboard electrical outlet that looks like a light socket (see picture below). I’m not sure what exactly to call it, and various Google ...
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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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Can upward-facing receptacles be installed flush to a kitchen island countertop?

I have been digging around on the internet and NEC code but I am having trouble finding this. Is it allowed by code to install upward facing outlets flush into a kitchen island countertop? I am ...
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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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Open ground outlets with no power

I have 7 outlets with an open ground and no power with a new breaker and the rest or my house reads open ground on my outlets and they all have power. What do I do where do i start?
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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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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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