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Can I use 220 V outlets on a 15 ampere breaker and wire it up as 110 V?

I purchased a 220 V outlet and didn't realize it. My circuit is 15 amperes. I wanted to hook up a series of normal 15 ampere 110 V outlets. When I look at the outlet it looks exactly like a regular 15 ...
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Protect plug from damages

The plug from my pressure washer was damaged while moving it, because at some point it was not tied correctly to the body of the washer, and I believe it was caught between the wheels and the washer ...
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Strange outlet behavior

I am going to be updating electrical outlets in my house, so today I checked them all with the 3 lamp tester. Only a few are properly grounded and others not. One outlet is showing strange behavior. ...
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If a receptacle is added from a switch box, will the receptacle only work when the switch is off?

When I was a new electrician, one day I discovered I could read 120v across the terminals of an open switch. I was bothered by this thinking someone had wired it wrong, but I couldn't understand why ...
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How can I protect this exterior outlet from water and prevent smoke leakage to the interior?

I have an exterior outlet in a carport that I want to protect from water and smoke. Water: Rain cannot reach this outlet. I am only concerned about accidental water sprays from either the hose nozzle ...
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Entire circuit dead after GFCI outlet

We had a storm, and a GFCI outlet breaker flipped (orange light on). I reset it by pushing the button, and the outlet started working again. But everything else on the circuit remains dead. Can a ...
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Getting UPS Power from One Room to Another

I’d like to run power from a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in ROOM A to where a work computer is used in ROOM B. I was thinking of installing an outlet box in ROOM A near where the UPS is plugged ...
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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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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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3 way switch controlling outlets. Top working bottom now?

So I just replaced all the outlets and switches In my new house. A three way switch controls all 4 outlets in the living room. I broke the brass tab on one of the outlets and now only the top outlet ...
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Floor-Based Electrical outlet type

Is there any requirement that mandates a residential floor-installed electrical receptacle to be a GFCI type, when said location is in a dining area, NOT located in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry / ...
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After hooking up a USB outlet, some of my outlets and switches stopped working

I have recently change my electrical outlets from the standard one to one with a USB port. That outlet is controlled by a light switch. After installing I check to see if there’s power at the outlet ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sealant for external outlet

What type of sealant should I use for this? I'm assuming 100% silicone.
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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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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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Outdoor 50 amp 4-wire Outlet Install

I want to install an outlet for outdoor connection of an RV. However, the location of the service entrance box is close to a inside corner of the exterior of the house so the easiest location is on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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....