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

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Neutral and Ground at a 30 amp oulet

I have an old 30 amp outlet that I was planning to reuse. There isn't a connection for a ground, but since I am connecting to a metal box, I now have a connection between my neutral and ground. ...
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Are an outlet and a light bulb at the main electrical panel required?

I've heard that the main electrical panel needs a GFCI outlet right next to it, and it also needs a switch to an overhead light. But I can't find anything on the net to confirm.
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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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One GFCI outlet to protect them all

My house was built in 1981, we have a small U shaped kitchen with 5 outlets, along with a switch for the garbage disposal. I do not see any GFCI outlets or any indication any of them are. With a 4 ...
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Is there a custom electrical outlet available with the connecting holes offset from the middle? [closed]

We just had our bathroom strip lights replaced with vanity lights. However, over one mirror, the cutout hole is partially blocked by a plumbing vent pipe, causing the light to be off center when ...
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A better USB receptacle [closed]

I've been waiting for a receptacle equipped with USB to come out that supports adaptive charging. Adaptive charging actually changes the output voltage to like 9 volts when an appropriate devices ...
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Breakers for living room was working, but has stopped after I turned breaker on/off

I have one circuit of outlets and lights in my living room that stopped working one day. This happened after I turned off all the breakers to the house and when I turned everything back on I noticed ...
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Issue with Kitchen Receptacle

I have a kitchen split receptacle. The top outlet of the receptacle reads 120V AC as expected, with the hot wire being red and feeding from the breaker. The bottom outlet reads 17.44V AC, with the ...
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Is it possible to splice on to one of the hots of a base board heater for a plug?

So I was on a maintenance call for a building. A string of 3 plugs were off and it's a huge building and I couldn't locate the breaker after 2 hours searching. I went with the building owner ...
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What does a receptacle tester reading of “Correct” really mean?

I'm a new homeowner with plenty of theoretical background in electrical engineering but until now, zero practical experience in home wiring. I recently replaced a few 2-prong outlets with 3-prong ...
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Wall Outlet with three sets of wires!

have another issue with another outlet in this very improperly done house I just bought. During my slow replacing of all the wall outlets, I came across this new one which has me baffled on how to ...
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Electrical outlet clearance from a hot water panel radiator

What is the clearance of an electrical outlet from a hot water panel radiator? So facing the wall with a window and having a panel radiator down below hanged/fixed on the wall, how far away left and ...
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Are receptacles installed upside down? [duplicate]

This is something that I have always wondered about. In ICI you often and almost exclusively see receptacles ground up. As the story goes it's to stop objects from sliding down an contacting the live ...
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No power in bedroom and bathroom

I have no lights in my bathroom and have two receptacles and the light in my bedroom that don't work. I replaced the gfci in my bathroom and it works, i have reset it too. The light in my closet works....
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Why do single electrical receptacles exist?

Given that the following are true. They are the same size. They take the same amount of work to install. Doubles are twice as useful. Double adapters are a thing. Why do single electrical ...
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Bathroom Ceiling Outlet installation from Attic

I would like to install another outlet in my bathroom so I can hookup a smart speaker. I think the easiest way to do this would be from the attic such that I could place a ceiling outlet from an easy ...
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Is a GFCI allowed to be below a washer water connection?

We just redid bathroom/ laundry and noticed that washer 3prong and gfci were beside but below washer shutoff and drain. Isn't it dangerous to be so close to a water source and why didn't contractors ...
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Replacing an outlet with white black and red wires with a usb outlet with 2 terminals

I have 2 close by outlets that I tried to replace with a new usb outlet. The old outlets have white Black a red wires but the usb outlets have only two terminals. I replaced the first one, and put ...
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Replacing 2 split receptacles with 2 GFCIs

I have a similar situation to How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? in my kitchen. The solution looks good and I'm ready to go ahead, but with one reservation... ...
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Why are these receptacles so difficult to plug into?

I just moved into a new apartment with these weird receptacles that make it very difficult to plug anything in. Is there a trick to these? Or is it normal for it to be extremely difficult to plug into ...
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Rewire switched bathroom receptacle to always be hot

I currently have a light switch in my bathroom that controls the light and also the only outlet. Can I remove the bypass the switch so the outlet stays hot or do I need to run a new line for the ...
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Can I tighten unused terminal screws on my outlets?

I bought some receptacle extenders in 1/4 and 3/8 to bring outlets more flush to drywall. The outlets have push-in connectors on the back. Is there any harm in screwing down the terminals screws on ...
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Power outage in one room

My roommates share a room and they have been experiencing frequent outtages that last anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. There are 4 outlets in the room, and when this happens only 3 go out. No ...
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garage outlets stopped working

So 3 outlets, and an exterior light (bulb is fine) in my garage stopped working. These outlets (and light) have been working fine for years, this is a recent development. I already toggled the circuit ...
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Can I run a 120v/15amp 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to the existing GFCI within the same bathroom

Can I run a 120volt 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to an existing GFCI with-in the same bathroom ?
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Why does this receptacle have the ground tied to the neutral?

I was replacing some outlets in my house with tamper-resistant ones, and came across one where the white and ground were wired together, as seen in this picture. Why? Is that okay or appropriate ...
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How can I verify that the ground wires in my outlet boxes are grounded properly?

I am a non-professional with limited electrical experience. I recently bought a house built in the mid-fifties that has some two-prong receptacles (i.e., no ground hole). I planned to replace the ...
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Is this outlet grounded?

My house was built in 1949 and some of my outlets look like this guy while others run updated Romex into plastic boxes. With the wires coming through the conduit in the plaster, are these grounded ...
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The outlets power goes to ground when you plug something into it

I am having trouble with my outlets power going to ground from what my outlet tester is telling me. I have changed out all of the receipts on the circuit. And I double checked all of them again to ...
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If I install a GFCI on the first outlet in a circuit will the other receptacles on that breaker circuit have GFI protection?

I have three electrical outlets in my garage which appear to be connected to one circuit breaker. I am assuming the outlet closest to to the panel is first in the three receptacle circuit. How ...
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help me interpret the results of an outlet tester on some GFCI receptacles

I'm trying to figure out what might be wrong with some exterior GFCI receptacles that I have. The problem is that this is an old house, and I'm not really sure what is happening between the ...
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Curious “open ground” when using testers in series

I added 2 new wall sockets starting from an existing wall socket. After wiring them up and connecting the power I plugged a GRT-500 into the two sockets - I happened to have two so I plugged one into ...
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Can the Distance of a Subpanel affect Outlet Tester Results

I got help with wiring my cabin here: Requesting Evaluation of Power Plan at Rural Cabin and here: Cabin Wiring Plan Revisited I also put a follow up comment there, but now I'm not sure that was the ...
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Weather Resistant or GFCI outlet outside?

I am putting an outlet under the eaves in my front yard to use for seasonal lighting. I am connecting it to a breaker that is only powering 2 outside wall mounted lights. The eaves are about 10 ft ...
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Help with adding outlet to middle of run; new outlet not powered

(Preface: I have read all of the related, earlier questions I can find... still stumped.) I added an outlet to a run by cutting (before Outlet A) what I thought I had identified as the line in to ...
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Power Comes into Light fixture from Panel, connected to switch how to wire always on outlet in

In my workshop I want to wire in some outlets. The power comes into the room into a light then is branched to other lights and a switch in the room to control said lights. I know how to hook up the ...
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Wiring in switch which turns on half outlet with no neutral

I have a weird situation with the wiring in a switch box. I am adding a ceiling fan to the room and would like to replace the existing switch which powers an outlet with a double switch. One that ...
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In 2/3/4 gang box, should you combine all grounds using crimp connectors?

When I have multiple lines going in/out of a 1 gang box (with an outlet/receptacle or switch), I typically combine all the grounds into a single wire using crimp connectors: However, when working ...
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How to swap a series outlet with smart outlet

I have a series outlet that has two black wires and two white wires that I want to swap out with a new smart outlet so I can control it with wifi. But the new outlet only has screws for one black and ...
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Safe location rules for bathroom sink receptacle and light switch

Bathroom sink with mirror & vanity light. Presently, the vanity light switch and single receptacle are separate from each other and in awkward locations. I intend to put them together in a single ...
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1948 fabric sheathed outlet wires, can I ground to box?

Home built in 1948. The outlets have no ground wire and use fabric sheathed copper wire.can i run a ground wire from receptacle to the metal outlet box itself, as apposed to no ground at all? How can ...
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Reasons why a receptacle would fail

A friend has asked for my help to replace a wall receptacle that has stopped working. I asked if it was loose-fitting or otherwise physically worn out. She said that plugs fit tightly and it generally ...
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3 adjacent electric outlets not working

In my kitchen there are 3 adjacent electric outlets that have not been working for a few months. Next to them is a GFCI outlet and that works. I checked the circuit breaker and all GFCIs to see any ...
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Confusion while diagnosing an open ground

I have an outlet tester and it says the outlet in my bathroom has an open ground and I'm trying to see if I can fix this by replacing the receptacle or if the problem is elsewhere. With a voltage ...
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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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Switched outlet to unswitched usb

I am attempting to replace a switched standard electrical outlet with a usb one. The current outlet has one half controlled by a switch and I would like both halves to be always live with the new usb ...
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Duplex outlet always ‘hot’

I am replacing duplex outlets in my home and have successfully regained power with the outlet but the outlet is no longer controlled by the light switch. Old outlet Wiring configuration in the old ...
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Will Kitchen Backsplash Update Trigger 2ft/4ft Rules of Receptacles above Countertop?

I am planning to replace the backsplash in the kitchen at my home. NEC 210.52 requires that every spot on the countertop should not be distanced more than 2ft from a receptacle. the current condition ...
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Outlets no longer controlled by switch

When we moved in we replaced all outlets with Tamper Resistant ones. We had an outlet on the left side of room that was half controlled by a switch. We wanted both outlets controlled so we left the ...
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Decoding a three lamp outlet tester

I've just moved into a new (Australian) house, and I've been checking the outlets with this. On one of the outlets all three of the lamps go on when the outlet is switched off. When you switch the ...