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

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Voltage drop in receptacle circuit - options?

This is new construction...concerned about voltage drop. The house is a ranch style.I am installing a breaker panel in my garage. I am currently running the wiring (12-2) on a 20 amp breaker for the ...
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GFI on a 3 prong plug keeps tripping

Can someone tell me how to troubleshoot this problem. I have a switch at the end of a circuit that operates my pool pump and its 15 feet away from a 3 prong receptacle that feeds the to the switch. ...
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Can I add a receptacle from a bath fan switch box?

I hope this is simple. I want to add a GFCI receptacle on the wall of my bathroom behind a medicine cabinet. The closest electrical is a switch for my bathroom fan. Even though we have just one ...
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Adapt a 3prong dryer outlet for other use

First post here, I have a practical understanding of basic electronics, but my problem is way out of my depths. I come from the UK, just moved to Ecuador, and with me I brought a coffee machine (220-...
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New 20amp circuit via old conduit or not?

I plan on creating a new circuit and running 12/2 to my microwave for an dedicated circuit. The current outlet for the microwave is old wiring running through conduit. The wiring comes in through a ...
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New outlet doesn’t work breaker not tripped and the tester lights up

I have and outlet that went bad I replaced it with a new one but still doesn’t work. The breaker is not tripped and the tester light up when I put it in the outlet and the hot cable?
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Two outdoor outlets not functioning..what is the most likely cause

I have two outdoor electrical outlets that are not working. They are both GFCI and close to each other. 10 feet above one is a floodlight receptacle that is controlled by an interior switch inside the ...
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Outlet in Kitchen Not Working

Haven't seen my exact question answered on here so forgive me if already has been. Here's my issue - there are 3 outlets around my kitchen counter. The first is a GCFI outlet that I'm assuming has ...
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Mini Pottery kiln with NEMA 5-20 plug that requires 120volts, 16amps, 1920 watts, and 20amp breaker

I have a small electric pottery kiln with NEMA 5-20 plug that uses and requires 120volts, 16amps, 1920 watts, and 20amp breaker to use in my apartment. I checked the breaker box in my apartment, and ...
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Regular Outlet Tripped, Now Various Outlets Are Dead

Recently, I purchased a new small appliance and when I plugged it in, it did not work. After using an extension cord, I used another outlet and figured out that the original outlet was at fault. As ...
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How can I properly remove (not cover) an unused receptacle?

First of all, if this is a duplicate question please point me in the right direction as I couldn't find one with my specific situation. I am relocating a bathroom shower to the opposite side of the ...
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Regarding greases for outdoor connections: Noalox for general use (not necessarily for aluminum)? Dielectric grease for outdoor receptacles?

I've googled this already and found many people saying that Noalox is only for copper to aluminum connections. I know that Noalox stands for "no aluminium oxidation" but brand names often change ...
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Receptacle fire repair

Hot wire had burned through due to AC cranked on high. 15 amp Breaker did not trip. I added a jumper to the hot and replaced the receptacle, matching the original installation. When I tried to ...
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Half switched outlet, has both whites connected

I am replacing an outlet that is half switched, but both the whites are connected on the opposite side of the black and red. The white wires have the tab still intact. So I'm confused as to what the ...
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How to tap into a light switch whose junction box is already full?

I have a light switch I want to tap into to add another power outlet a few feet away. I believe this switch's junction box is already too full to accommodate adding new wires. I think I would have ...
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Code requirements for adding several outdoor outlets around my garage

I have been doing some reading and feel just about ready to add some more outlets to my garage. I would like to add 2-3 more outlets, 1 on one side at the top (maybe under the roof overhang) for ...
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Adding always hot receptacle to a ceiling light that’s on timer

Porch ceiling light runs on timer inside front door, so on at a set time and off at a set time, I need to add an plug somewhere close to fixture for a security camera, how would I keep plug hot while ...
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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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Convert Full Switched Receptacle to Half Switched

I have a switch that controls both halves of an outlet. I want to convert it so that it only controls half the outlet, leaving the other one hot all the time I found a diagram online, does it look ...
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I want to install outlet on existing junction box

I tried to install an outlet on existing junction box as below, but failed because it's too small to put in. I have 3 solutions to think. Remove junction caps and put 2 outgoing lines into backstabs ...
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Electric outlet both sides 2x4 interior wall

How do you install electric outlets on both sides of a 2"x4" interior wall to meet code? The back of each box (and wires entering box) is very close (less than 1/2") to the front of the other side of ...
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Install new wall outlet few feet to the left of existing outlet

If I wanted to install a wall outlet 3 feet to the left of a current outlet, would I have to take down the whole wall? It is possible and how much would it generally cost range? The wall is already ...
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Wiring a 220 outlet- can I use a 15 amp outlet with my 20 amp breaker? Or should I get a replacement 15 amp breaker?

I'm trying to wire an outlet for my lathe. The manufacturer recommends a 15 amp breaker. I am planning to run 10 gauge wire approximately 25' to the outlet where I can plug in my lathe. The motor is ...
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How do I connect outdoor security camera to a power source?

IP Camera has an ethernet cable and a dc12 cable that came with power adapter that plugs into outlet. Where the camera is going to be placed, there is a lamp nearby and power cables going into it, how ...
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Wiring 2 or 3 outlets controlled by one switch

I want 2 ( maybe 3) outlets controlled by the same switch. Easy enough. But, in addition, I want half of each outlet controlled by the switch and the other half of each outlet always hot. Is there a ...
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Outlet trips GFCI and Circuit Breaker. Help!

We have three outlets in our kitchen that are all connected to one circuit breaker. We often use these outlets for our toaster oven and rice cooker. About a month ago, the outlet started to trip the ...
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Why is there a jumper wire between the hot screws on my outlet?

If my picture messed up during resizing - it looks like a jumper wire between the two screws on the hot side of this outlet.
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Add new main load center for EV charging

I need to add an EV level 2 charger. Among other reasons, I just overloaded the garage circuit, frying a GFCI outlet when charging my BMW i3 and golf cart at the same time. I'd like the wiring to be ...
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Five outlets not working

My home was built in the late 60’s. An outside porch light was on a timer that recently broke. I replaced it and it works fine, however, now I have no power to five outlets. One is outdoors and the ...
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20amp afci breaker with gfci outlet tripping under 15amp load, but not lower loads

I have been switching my breakers over to AFCI a few at a time. I now have two AFCI breakers running to my garage, which are wired to two 20 amp gfci outlets (dedicated circuits). One of the outlets ...
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GFCI Outlet in kitchen cutting off power of all other outlets

I have one GFCI outlet in my kitchen and sometimes it just tripped and cut off power without anyone touching it. The annoying thing is that it is the head of the circuit which ends up cutting off ...
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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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120V and 240V outlet in same box

I am installing a new 240V circuit for an EV charger. I would like to put the outlet for this in a 2-gang box that would also have a 120V outlet. I'm in California. Is this OK?
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GFCI outlet wired but not working

I installed a new GFCI outlet and the green light is not coming on. Why is that? Do I have it wired wrong? I have tried rewiring it different ways but nothing is working. Can someone help me please?
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Having trouble with a half hot switch

I am currently going through the process of replacing all the outdated cream colored outlets in my home with white ones. Recently I was doing the ones in the master bedroom, where there is no overhead ...
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Can I wire a Pump Start Relay to an outdoor GFCI outlet?

I have an existing outdoor GFCI outlet. Can I wire a pump relay to the existing outlet, and put another GFCI outlet after the relay? The goal is to have the second outlet only powered when the relay ...
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Converting KFDD500ESS Dual Fuel Range from 4 wire to 3 wire plug

EDIT Thank you for the information. It doesn’t look like I was lucky enough to have a ground lurking behind the outlet. Our breaker box is located approximately 40ft from the receptacle with a ...
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Hide electrical for future TV outlet

We are in the wiring phase of our house and there is a wall that there is a high probability that at some point in the future we'd like to wall mount a TV on. With not knowing what TV that will be or ...
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Kitchen Outlet Series Not Working

In my kitchen there are several outlets that are not working, including a GFCI outlet which is not able to be reset. I have checked the breaker and it had not been flipped, I reset the kitchen outlet ...
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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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3 way switch with outlet always live

First box has 14/2 from panel, 14/2 to outlet, 14/3 to the other switch Second box has 14/3 from the first switch and 14/2 to the light.. how can I wire these up for 3 way switch.
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3 pole 4 wire grounding 3 phase 250 volts

So I’m trying to add a new circuit breaker for a plug because there are multiple outlets on this circuit and when everything is being used the breaker trips The outlet is a 125/250v 4 wire 3 pole 3 ...
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Figure out what outlets belong to what breakers

So I live in a dorm room at a college, and I am looking into getting 2 1050w ASIC miners for mining Litecoin. My issue is, that as far as I know, you can't pull +/-3000 watts from one breaker. (2 ...
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GFCI with a light switch off the load trips when switch is off

I'm at my troubleshooting limit, double checking all the grounds, caps are tight and no cross wires. If it tripped as soon as I turned the light switch on it would make sense but it's not until 15+min ...
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Open ground indication on tester when connecting appliances to any outlet on same circuit

We have 5 double outlets connected on one circuit. Now we noticed that if we connect outlet tester to any outlet it's indicate 'correct', but if we plug appliance to any one of outlets in the circuit, ...
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Is it ok to use push-in connectors for testing?

Soon I am going to replace my 2 prong outlet with a 3 prong GFCI that will protect downstream devices. I am wondering to test the line and load if it is ok to use Push-In connectors Gauge 22-12. I ...
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Replacing receptacles protected by one GFCI outlet

My current setup is one GFCI receptacle and three regular receptacles downstream that are protected by the one. Everything had been working fine (it even tripped recently and I reset it, so I know it ...
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Diagnosing Loss of Power in Bedroom

We have no power to our downstairs bedroom. We had the lights on, and a heater plugged in to the outlet. A family member turned off the heater, and unplugged it from the outlet. When she unplugged it, ...
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Proper reinforcing of electrical box on drywall

There is a 2-gang outlet/electrical box that holds plugs rather well (hair dryer, vacuum, etc). That is usually great, however when pulling the plug from the socket, the whole electrical box gets ...
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What should I do if I get my adapter prong stuck in the outlet?

So the metal thing that you plug into the outlet broke and got stuck inside the outlet and I don’t know if this dangerous, what should I do? I live in an apartment building so I don’t have one of ...