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

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Open neutral bedroom outlets

My daughter’s bedroom has 4 outlets. 1 of the outlets is connected to a wall switch. All 4 outlets are currently out and each is an open neutral (ground-hot=120V; neutral-hot=0V). I checked the ...
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Two electrical questions: Tripping GFCI, and unlocatable GFCI

Question 1: We had a pool installed. It has been out of service. I am trying to get it back up and running. It was installed after the house was built. There are separate breakers added by the ...
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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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Carpet cleaner keeps tripping outlet

I have a carpet cleaner. The first time I turn it on, I can use it for about 5 minutes before it trips an outlet's breaker which disconnects the power to the used outlet. I then reset the outlet ...
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No power at outlets but breaker isn't tripped. What do I troubleshoot next?

My "Family Room Receptacles" have lost power. 6 total that I believe are all on the same breaker. I can not locate a GFCI anywhere. I have reset the breaker which also did not restore power. What ...
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Can I plug my new LG-LW2217IVSM A/C nema 6-15P into a 6-20R with a 20A-240V CB?

The user manual says to use a nema 6-15R with a 15A two pole Circuit breaker(240V). But my existing setup is a nema 6-20R with a 20A two pole CB(240V). I realize a 6-15P plug will fit into a 6-20R ...
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Breaker sending power to lights but 3 outlets wont work

Our breaker flips often, and today the power shut our tv and window a/c off. I went to go flip the breaker but only the lights came on. I checked it again and again and still nothing. Only power to ...
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Gas Oven Keeps Tripping GFCI (Moisture?)

My gas oven frequently trips my GFCI outlet. The GFCI outlet is upstream of the oven. Every outlet on that wall is on a shared circuit (I understand this is suboptimal, but I imagine there isn't a ...
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220 outlet burnt caused other outlets to go out breaker didn't trip

A outlet in LR was plugged in but not in use burnt up as seen in pictures. Many other outlets and porch light went out also. The breaker didn't trip. By the looks of it I think it is copper. I cleaned ...
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Can I plug an air conditioner and a chest freezer into the same outlet?

I have a Gibson/Frigidaire through the wall AC unit plugged into a dedicated 3-prong outlet in my a room of my apartment. I'd like to put a chest freezer in my office for homebrewed beer. Is it safe ...
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Outlets and switches

I changed the outlets and the switches for looks in two rooms. I copied same wiring same position from old to the new outlet, or light switch. Figures, not that hard. Tested - everything, outlets good ...
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Dryer Outlet in the kitchen?

Just started to renovate my mother's kitchen and already got some of the appliances to install but I realized there's a 3-prong dryer outlet instead of a stove outlet when I removed the counter top ...
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When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?

I'm replacing the outlets in our house and pulled out one that had two black and two white cables. My first thought was that it was two circuits, one of them being switched, but then realized the tab ...
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No power in outlets after changing light switches

This is a room with a two switch board and some power outlets. One Switch was controlling the fan and other it's light. Outlets, switches and fan+light were all working fine until I wanted to change ...
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Why do electricians prefer not to use the push-in connections on receptacles?

Why do electricians prefer not to use the back-stab or quick connect holes on switches and receptacles? If these were unreliable do you think they would be allowed by the NFPA and NEC?
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Do I NEED to use correct colors when wiring always?

What I am wondering is if there is any code that is violated if the wrong colors are used in wiring outlets? For example, it is standard to use white as neutral and black as power but if I only had ...
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Grounding outlet in metal box

If you have a grounded conduit going in to a metal box (no ground wires), do you need to attach a grounding pigtail to the metal box and then to the outlet ground screw? Or is the metal/metal/outlet ...
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Lawnmower stopped working after the outlet it was plugged into bent

I was mowing the lawn with my electric corded lawnmower and went as far as I could with the cord. Unfortunately this put pressure on the outlet (which was already a little wobbly) causing it to ...
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What is best way to wire a ceiling receptacle in this situation?

I was trying to rewire this garage door opener where in current situation it is not code compliant to where it is. The picture above shows where a porcelain light socket was wired. I had hoped to use ...
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How to change switched outlets to half switched and half always hot [duplicate]

I'm trying to make my two switched outlets to be half hot. I tried breaking the brass tab on outlet 1 to accomplish that but that didn't work. It only made one receptacle work from the switch while ...
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Sealant for external outlet

What type of sealant should I use for this? I'm assuming 100% silicone.
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can I install new leviton outlet without ground wire?

I bought a leviton tamper resistant outlet(No. T5325) to replace the old one in my living room. the old one has 2 hot wires and 2 neutral wires, but has no ground wire. Can I just wire the new outlet ...
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3-way switch and top only hot outlet troubleshooting

We're trying to fix some electrical issues done by our house's previous owners and while doing so, somehow we lost the ability to control the top half of our outlets using a light switch. Long story ...
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Wall plug outlet change

I am replacing a 3 prong wall plug outlet receptacle with a new one that also has USB ports built in. The old outlet had 2 black wires and 2 white wires attached and a ground wire. The New outlet ...
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Is it safe/allowed to adapt a shaver socket (BS4573) to a standard BS1363 plug (UK)?

Bathrooms in the UK may have a shaver socket that is (to my understanding) limited to supplying 200mA, is protected by an isolation transformer and uses a two pronged plug similiar but not identical ...
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Neutral wire is tied to my electric metal box, why is it so?

I have this old Depard switch box in my patio. Originally, I wanted to 'add' a receptacle in my old Despard switch 'array' stack. Now I am puzzled and afraid of doing that because I found out that ...
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Power outlets near service entrance

I want to install a 50 amp circuit breaker in the service entrance box and put the 4 wire 220 outlet for my welder right below the service entrance. I will be using a 50 ft extension to reach my ...
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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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How can I extend a wall outlet?

I have a interior brick wall, with wall outlet in it, I am covering the wall with 1/2" sheet rock. But I am ancoring 1x2's on the brick so I can hang the sheetrock. How would I extend the wall outlet ...
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Are USB sockets on wall outlets live all the time, even when the switch is off?

I got a USB wall socket fitted. When it was installed, I tested the USB port with a tester with the switches off, but the USB outlet was live. Is this normal?
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Tungsten wattage vs resistive wattage for Smart WiFi outlets?

What is the difference between both of them? There was a post similar to my question, but there was no answer about resistive wattage. I want to buy a wifi outlet and I need to make sure it doesn't ...
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Connecting a shaver socket

I would like to install a shaver socket in my bathroom and the closest power supply is the bathroom light switch. Instead of lifting all of the loft insulation to find the lighting junction box, is ...
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Old house, no ground wire, hoping for protection of new computer?

So, I live in an older house. My current computer has happily plugged into a surge protector, which in turn plugged into a 3 prong adapter into the two pronged outlet for 8+ years. The surge ...
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When to use holes instead of side terminals to wire an outlet

This question comes from Shirlock's comment on this GFCI wiring question. When and why should you use the holes on the back of an outlet rather than the side terminals? I always assumed the holes on ...
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Gfci not working

So my GFCI recently stopped working. I bought an outlet tester and fixed some outlets that were incorrectly wired. My old GFCI had power but wouldn't reset and test button couldn't be pressed. When I ...
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GFCI outlets - can they be repaired? Are they really needed at the end of a circuit?

My house just went through a flood and there was 7 feet of muddy water on the first floor, so all the AC outlets were underwater. After the water receded, all the unprotected outlets continued to ...
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Are 15A receptacles safe on 20A circuits? [duplicate]

I recently got a circuit added to my spare room to grow some tomatos, the lighting I am going to be using is 8amp on each plug, I noticed the electrician didnt install a 20A rated receptacle with the ...
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How do I extend outlets after installing a backsplash?

I have installed a back splash in my kitchen, if I use the plastic spacers how many should I use or is there a limit? I understand that this can cause to much air space around the receptacle or light ...
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broken wire in the wall?

Thanks in advance for your help. I have a run in a 20 year old house that is about half out. about half the outlets and 2 overhead lights won't work. After some troubleshooting, I took 40' of wire ...
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Is a #14 pigtail to a receptacle on a 20A circuit actually an issue?

I recently had a 15A receptacle in my kitchen partially melt while my wife had our vacuum cleaner plugged into it. We knew something was up when we smelled the telltale hot plastic smell. I felt the ...
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New GFCI outlet; green light is on but no power

I installed a new GFCI outlet with an one that was working. I wired it exactly as the older one and it isnt working. The green light is on but no power? I reversed the wires and no light. I replaced ...
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I am replacing a ceiling fan in a bedroom and the wiring in the receptacle is confusing me

I am replacing an old ceiling fan and combination switch in a bedroom in my house. I am trying to connect a new switch that controls both functions (fan and light) separately, as well as a dimming ...
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Can I move a GFCI outlet from the end of a circuit to the middle to protect another oulet?

I have a single, feed cable that comes up behind my counter into a single gang box. This box has an unprotected outlet. This cable is then teed off to the left and right. The left cable feeds a GFCI ...
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Electrical Outlet not working - Open Neutral

There are two outlets in our downstairs bathroom, one on each side of the sink. The one on the right side hasn't worked since we moved in. So, I decided to buy a tester and check it out. It said "Open ...
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What is wrong with this 3 prong outlet?

A relatively new (2 years or so) and little used, three prong outlet in my garage has stopped accepting plugs. The slots seem blocked. Pushing the test and reset buttons has no effect. There is a ...
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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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How can I detect reverse polarity on an ungrounded receptacle?

Recently moved into a 1950s-built house and am swapping out some of the older receptacles. On one particular ungrounded circuit there are four receptacles. The first two are as expected - the two ...
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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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Receptacle tester shows all lights on

while checking out all receptacles in our home two bathrooms show the hot side bright as normal while the neutral side is dimly lit as well as the ground light is dimly lit. Also checked with a ...