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

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power to outlet until something is plugged in

I have a single item on the line. I have power on that line until I plug something in and then I lose power to that outlet. I replaced both the circuit breaker and outlet. Suggestions please.
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Cable trunking terminology

I have a few cables running between my desk to a nearby tv screen and an electric outlet. I was thinking about tucking them in a pvc raceway stuck to the wall. For a more tidy solution, I'm looking ...
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GFCI daisy chain problem

I'm in a 2006 mobile home that has a GFCI plug in behind my microwave it's the only plug I have for it. Theres five more regular plugs down stream from it that all say GFCI on them because they're ...
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Outlets not working in bathrooms

Is it possible for a fuse from the main breaker box to go bad? I have 3 outlets not working 2 in 1 bathroom and 1 in another bathroom all on the same floor. In the bathroom with 2 outlets had 1 GFCI ...
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Switch control both light and outlet

In the en-suite bathroom, there is a switch (1 of 3) that controls the main overhead light and the outlet. Is there anyway to get the outlet to have constant power? Or is this one of those jobs that ...
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How to extend a power outlet from an existing outdoor light

There is an outdoor light owned by HOA, located outside of the door of my apartment unit. And I'd like to install a security camera near the light. There is no outlet there, and How can I extend an ...
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Unwiring an outlet from a switch that also controls a light switch

I have a new apartment and currently have a weird setup. One of my light switches controls both an entire outlet and a light fixture. There's currently three red wires and one black wire, two reds go ...
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How to measure power usage on a 120V circuit that can go up to 20 Amps?

I want to measure the power coming out of a 120V outlet that can go up to 20 Amps. A standard household circuit is limited to 15 amps but this is a special situation where we're running our own ...
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How to chase down an open neutral and low voltage issue

So I bought a home built in the '70s. The circuit in question includes a couple of garage outlets, half of the spare bedroom outlets/light which shares a wall with the garage, hallway light, and an ...
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Wiring is dead in 4 outlets

I have 4 outlets that are dead in my 2nd floor bedroom. I checked the wiring and the wiring is dead no juice. The circuit breaker is not tripped. What would cause the wiring to die?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Electrical outlet acting funny

My wife and I moved into our new house today. I plugged my phone charger in tonight and the outlet sparked and my breaker tripped. I then plugged a different charger in and it didn't trip. I went to a ...
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Can I install a NEMA 14-30 outlet to 100 amp panel

I received a pricey estimate for a NEMA 14-50 installation because I apparently need an automatic transfer switch. Now I think I will go with a NEMA 14-30 DIY install instead. I am just wondering if ...
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Power outage in just one bedroom of apartment, then every receptacle in one circuit, tried everything. Please Help!

2/3 duplex sockets stopped working. Replaced them with Leviton 15amp. Did everything correctly, and everything worked for months. Since I had no issues replacing those and every other outlet/ switch ...
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Rewiring 3 way switched receptacle to control the ceiling light

Have a 3 way switch which controls a receptacle. Have an existing ceiling light/fan controlled by pull chains. I want the 3 way switches to control the ceiling light. Difficult? i find the attic ...
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How do I add a receptacle outside off the porch light

I put in a gazebo in the back of the house and I want to install a receptacle from the only electrical source which is a porch light. I could just run some wire thru the base of the light and run it ...
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Why are some outlets still out after replacing an outlet?

So I had an outlet that was sparking and sometimes cutting out (till I moved it to an angle) so I decided to change it. Turned the breaker off, replaced it, turned it back on and find out my room and ...
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Wall-mounted Ethernet switch, how to install?

I have a wall-mounted Ethernet switch that is supposed to be mounted partially inside a wall or panel. There is a mounting bracket included that would fit a standard 60mm can, however the switch does ...
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Multiple outlets stopped working in the house

Suddenly multiple outlets stopped working in Kitchen and living room. Just some more info - I was using my insta pot in the kitchen when this happened but it wasn't the first time I used it. I ...
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How should I connect a GFCI outlet on a well pump circuit?

I need help installing a GFI that's outside house. In the box there are 2 white wires and 2 black & bare ground. One set of wires come from the house and the other 2 go to a well. I tried hooking ...
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Wiring an outlet from a light switch?

I've just moved into a new place which has an outhouse. In there, there is an overhead fluorescent light (and two more under the floorboards for some reason) as well as two 2-socket outlets. The ...
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Adding double gang switch for two different lights?

I have power coming into a light fixture and down to the switch. I want to add a double gang to put in a second switch that would turn an outlet on/off in the bedroom. What is the proper way to take ...
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Outlet is discolored from my Edenpure heater

My Edenpure heater runs 24/7 in the winter months. The outlet is overheating and the outer plastic is dark brown. I moved it to another outlet and I am plugging the Edenpure in directly, no extension ...
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Two plugs controlled by one switch

I have an outlet where both plugs are on a switch. Is there any way I can make it so only one is on the switch? (It's a dual switch, one upstairs and one downstairs) I just want to be able to plug a ...
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Does this panel provide three-phase power or single-phase?

I am looking to lease a warehouse and am interested in the type of power it has. I looked at the disconnect for the electrical panel to figure this out, but it has left me a bit confused. Usually ...
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Spark detecting screwdriver doesn't light up upon touching live wire

For one outlet I'm working on, the tester screwdriver stopped lighting up, it used to before with same exact wires a few days ago, but now doesn't. I was cutting and replacing old wires whoch took ...
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Receptacle Troubleshooting

I have an outdoor receptacle that isn't working. I've checked for a tripped breaker, I've tried replacing the receptacle, and I've confirmed that the breaker is getting power. Using a multimeter I've ...
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Replaced 2 prong with gfci--power--but not working

I recently switched out a two prong outlet with a gfci outlet, but when the power is turned on, the volt meter reads current exists but the outlet doesn't work. I've double checked the wiring and it's ...
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How should my new outlets be connected to this circuit?

So I'm adding some more outlets to my room. It's an old farm house and my room has the wires run in the plastic things you can just stick to the wall. Well I just put two more outlets in on the ...
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Running New Electrical Line

I found a junction box under my deck that has grey cable, with each individual wire wrapped in the gray sheathing. So for example, the white wire has the white insulation around the copper wire, and ...
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Can I share my water heater outlet with another appliance?

I have a water heater point and I would like to piggy a water pump to the same outlet. My country's voltage here is 240V 50/60hz. I prefer not to add new wiring as it very costly. My water heater is ...
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I removed two outlets now whole power circuit is down.

So I just purchased a home and am doing remodeling. I removed a bearing wall that runs along the side of the hallway between the kitchen and living room to open the space. There were two outlets on ...
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Receptacles and lights not working

My daughter plugged in her cellphone charger and 4 120v lights immediately went out.i checked receptacle for voltage and found none. I pulled out receptacle and found no problems. 1 receptacle on this ...
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How can I safely install an outlet in my fireplace?

I want to install an LED lighting display in my otherwise unused wood-burning fireplace but do not want to run an extension cord through the doors and into the firebox. Is there such a thing as a ...
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Hot/Neutral reversed at receptacles after AFCI breaker was installed, can AFCI still work correctly?

Starting condition: I have 3 outlets in a room and 2 of them have Hot and Neutral reversed. Change: The electrician came in an installed AFCI breakers At my request, they also changed the outlets to ...
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how to split phone line for internet without using a splitter?

ISP sent a technician to fix dropout issues, he split the phone line wires into two, one taped into the bare wire end of a normal splitter, the other into an unused bare end of phone cable, and then ...
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Do I need a permit to route ground wire through the walls to outlet?

I have an ungrounded 2-prong outlet I'd like to upgrade to a 3 prong with proper grounding. I'm in GA if region matters. If I bought a spool of the correct gauge solid copper wire, either bare wire ...
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Open Hot on outlet

I have an outlet that shows an open hot condition when I use my outlet tester on it. However, when I check the hot wire with a voltage tester, it shows it live, why?.
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Voltage detected when separate breaker is shut off

I just moved into a new home. The living room has a covered up switch and a covered up receptacle nearby. Since there is no ceiling light, I presume this used to be a switch-controlled receptacle. It ...
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Electrical receptacle grounding

my name is Mike. I have installed L.E.D. Lights in my customers garden room. She called me to say she was having a problem with the lights not going all the way off. When I asked her what she meant, ...
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Switching a 240 volt 3 wire to a 250 v 2wire

I want to use my generator to power my welder. It runs off a 250v, 50 amp receptacle in my shop. The generator receptacle is not a 3 prong as the cord is to my welder. I picked up a receptacle, 250v, ...
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Moody electrical outlet

The sink disposal came unscrewed, leaked, and shorted the unit. It died. I replace the disposal and plug it in. Nothing happens. The breaker is not tripped. The new disposal turns on when an ...
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Outlet trips GFCI outlet

Replaced 15v outlet with another basic one. All seemed to go well during install, but after it was over, the gfci outlet trips when I place a reasonable load to it. When left alone, power flows ...