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

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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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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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NEC 422.16(B)(2) Built-in Dishwashers and Trash Compactors Requirement

According to the titled part of NEC, "(4)Receptacles shall be located to protect against physical damage to the flexible cord." I have installed a dishwasher recently, but the plugged to a receptacle ...
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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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Light switch to switch/outlet combo

I have an older house and want to change a light switch to a switch/outlet combo. The current switch has two wires only in the box. The new combo has a ground (green), and two lines on one side. The ...
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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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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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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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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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No power/lights in part of our garage

I am having an issue in my garage where 3 outlets dont work and my 2 fluorescent hanging lights dont work. I have put new outlets in to see if that was the issue, I have checked our breakers and no ...
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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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Are there good reasons to install 120V 20 AMP receptacles “upside-down” instead of in conventional upside-up position? [duplicate]

In the US, most 15 and 20 AMP receptacles are installed with the hot and neutral on the top and the ground below. However, sometimes they are installed the other way around, with the ground above. I ...
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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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I want to add a receptacle to a circuit with a traveler

I'm adding a receptacle on the exterior wall and I'd like to power it from a very conveniently located gang box which on the interior side of the wall. The existing box is covered with a blank plate, ...
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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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Outlet appears to be switched but switches don't work

Hi all new to the Diy boards. If there's any more info I can post, I'm happy to. I just purchased a house and have been replacing some outlets. A few of the existing ones had two red wires into the ...
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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 clear an obstruction to run power cable through stud

I've drilled a hole through a stud and hit a very thin metal frame that appears to be a support for dry wall. I'm looking for a recommendation to cut this piece of metal so that it doesn't interfere ...
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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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How important is it to completely insulate bare wire in outlet?

When i tried replacing a receptacle, I first found the wires sticking out of the back holes, not completely insulated. As in, insulation was stripped 1 cm too much. So I did the same thinking its the ...
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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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Running a standard receptacle on GFCI line

I am recently done with my kitchen renovation. I have L shaped kitchen where the smaller portion has refrigerator on it. The refrigerator has been moved from from the corner of the wall to the center, ...
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How can I wire a new outlet from a light switch, with light switch set-up I've never seen before?

I'm trying to add a new electrical outlet in my basement, and the only good source looks to be a light switch. I found a decent (except for how he never turns off the breaker!) YouTube instructional ...
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Burnt sheathing behind outlet

I heard buzzing and popping noises behind this kitchen outlet so I opened it up and it looks like this: What might've caused this? And to repair this, do I have to cut up the drywall and replace the ...
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adding an GFCI outlet off an existing outlet. 120v two wire with ground

The line is a dedicated line from breaker with 15Amp breaker...running a computer. I want to pull a line off with GFCI outler for a Rinnai Tankless water heater. I am told the WH only pulls about ...
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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 ...