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Can I plug an air conditioner and a chest freezer into the same outlet?

I have a Gibson/Frigidaire through the wall AC unit plugged into a dedicated 3-prong outlet in my a room of my apartment. I'd like to put a chest freezer in my office for homebrewed beer. Is it safe ...
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Minimum distance from receptacle terminal to conduit connector

Is there a minimum distance required from a receptacle terminal to a conduit connector? Surely this is defined in the NEC somewhere right?
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Converting light socket to outlet, what do I do with ground?

I'm swapping out a light socket for some outlets in the garage, and the ground wire is running through a little clip in the box, with some extra coming out from there, not enough to hit my green screw ...
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Replacing outdoor outlet

How can I replace an outdoor outlet cover that has a stripped center screw? Do I need to replace the outlet as well? Do I need to replace the box that the outlet is housed in if it is coming out ...
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Outlet with ground wire attached to socket ground and neutral

I am replacing some sockets with new sockets, that also contain USB charging receptacles. I have done this before. The question I have is with one of my outlets in my rec room (built in 2007, ...
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Are these black marks near an electrical box signs of an electrical problem that I should be concerned about?

My garage has an electrical box with no receptacle in it, just wire-nutted wires. It came this way when I bought the house. A non-contact voltage tester shows that the black wires are hot. I was ...
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Grounding for Outdoor Outlet

I have an outdoor outlet about 60' from my house. It is properly wired using an underground cable with ground. It is in a plastic box with plastic conduit protecting the stub-up. Recently a tree ...
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Do Tamper resistant receptacles violate ADA barrier-free requirements?

We are intending to build our home ADA barrier-free compliant, part of which has always been making sure people with limited mobility can reach all receptacles to plug things in, and also imposes ...
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How can I recess an electrical outlet that protrudes from a glass mosaic tile wall?

The electrical outlet in my newly installed glass mosaic tile backsplash protrudes. How can I recess it without damaging the glass tile? It is a wall switch that runs to my disposal.
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Neutral wire is tied to my electric metal box, why is it so?

I have this old Depard switch box in my patio. Originally, I wanted to 'add' a receptacle in my old Despard switch 'array' stack. Now I am puzzled and afraid of doing that because I found out that ...
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How to separate the outlets in garage from other outlets in the house

The wiring for one of the 15A circuits for my house includes 7 outlets in the family room, several recessed lights, a 3-speed hanging fan, a chandelier in dining room and 3 outlets in the garage. ...
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Remove a light switch to an outlet - knob and tube

I have an outlet with a light switch that currently controls it. What I would like to do is remove the switch so the outlet is always hot. I considered just removing the switch and connecting the ...
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Can I transition from aluminum wiring to copper wiring at a CO/ALR receptacle?

It is my understanding that outlets can have wires connected on both sides. Example from another DIY.SE question here . If I have aluminum wiring. I want to add another downstream outlet. I will use ...
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What is this part on the receptacle of the stove called and what is it for?

We have an older Whirlpool electric stove. (Model # RS6750XVN) One of the burners isn't working and when I lifted the top off I found a different type of receptacle. Three of the receptacles look ...
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Why does one outlet trip the breaker, but not others?

In my spare bedroom, there are four electrical outlets. If I use a vacuum cleaner in one of those outlets, the breaker trips. However, if I use any of the other outlets, it works fine. Is the outlet ...
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Is it ok to let something hang from its plug in a receptacle? (electric car charger)

When I charge my car away from home, sometimes I use the portable 120 volt charge cable that plugs into a normal outlet. At work, we have receptacles mounted a few feet above ground. The charge ...
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Is it possible (and safe) to adapt a 4-prong dryer outlet to a NEMA 6-20?

I'm considering an appliance that is 240V 16A 3500 Watt with a NEMA 6-20P plug. Is it possible and safe to create an adapter for this so that it can be plugged into a standard 4-prong 14-30R dryer ...
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2 circuits connected in one box?

I'm swapping out outlets and this one has me stumped. This is in a room of switched outlets (top outlet is always hot, bottom is switched) so the red/black side tab on each outlet is broken off. The ...
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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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Electrical Code for wiring multiple outlets

Is there a code that states whether a pigtail is required for each outlet or if the second screw on each outlet can be used to continue current to the next outlet in the series? Since the only ...
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What kind of wire should I use to pigtail an outlet?

I want to turn my 2 hot and 2 neutral wires into a pigtail for my outlet. Since I don't have any extra wire or black wires, what kind should I purchase? The wires in my receptacle are copper.
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Do I need to plug my snow thrower to GFCI outlet?

I bought a snow thrower with 13.5A power. One area of my house is close to a GFCI outlet but the other side of the house is not. It's just a regular outlet. So I am not sure it can be safe to use with ...
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Why is my switch controlled receptacle always on?

I replaced the outlets and switches in a room. One outlet now has constant power, the switch no longer turns the power on and off (to control a lamp for example) as it originally did. For ...
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Does this violate electrical code? (UF run plugged into GFCI to use smart outlet)

I built a deck on the back of my house last year and installed a new breaker and a handful of outdoor electrical outlets. I wanted one outdoor outlet to be switchable via a smart outlet, but my smart ...
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My question is, is this a possible/valid way to add a “hidden” outlet for outside IP camera?

So I basically wanted to do what the OP wanted to do here... However, I wasn't sure if one needed to actually cut thru the siding and add a new gang box + receptacle/outlet in order to plug in the ...
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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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Can I connect a dishwasher and an outdoor outlet on the same circuit?

I bought a "fixer upper" and I'm remolding the kitchen. The previous "hack & wack" investor added a dishwasher but to power the DW they installed an outlet box and powered that box by cutting ...
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How to cover an open/exposed wire fast and safe for a long period?

I have a 3 pin socket on the wall that is broken and I'm going to fix it. And while at that, I also want to fix the wall (re-cement it and paint it again). After I dismantle the socket, the 3 wires ...
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Can I split off a 20a with a conduit body?

So I am coming out of my subpanel with 1/2 in metal conduit and using metal handy boxes with NEMA 5-20 for all the receptacles on my two indoor branch circuits. One is dedicated for a window unit AC. ...
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What type of outlet could this be in picture?

Does anyone know what type of outlet this is? I'm thinking it has to do with an old antenna but not sure. Found on a family member's house and they weren't sure.
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Discovered 10/2 wired 3-prong receptacle for dryer. Is it ok to leave as is?

We removed a drop ceiling in our 2nd bathroom and discovered that some previous homeowner/DIYer had run wiring for a new dryer through the drywall ceiling into the wall, and hid it with the drop ...
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Reuse wire nut when adding electrical outlet?

Went to Lowe's and bought the materials to pig-tail an electrical outlet. The guy had me buy some wire nuts. But the outlet and I am going to run the additional outlet from has 3 wire nuts already. ...
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Convert light fixture to receptacle

Current situation On my garage ceiling there is a light fixture which has been converted via the adapters pictured. It is controlled by a switch which I don't like because I never want to turn off ...
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How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?

I have a bank — circuit? — of outlets in the kitchen that have stopped working. One of these outlets is a GFCI but it is not tripped. The breakers for all the kitchen outlets have not tripped but I ...
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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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Can you have both 15 and 20 Amp receptacles off the same 20 Amp GFCI?

Currently, in my kitchen I have a 20amp GFCI receptacle (faceplate only accepts 15amp plugs but back says it is 20 amp rated) off of that GFCI outlet there are 3 15amp receptacles, one is for a ...
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How to determine which neutral to which power?

I have 20 Amp power run to part of my house. The conduit that carries it runs down one of the walls of my garage. I've cut the conduit, inserted a metal junction box, and intend on putting in a ...
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Is this a drain cover or an electrical outlet cover?

Can anyone tell whether this is a drain cover or an electrical outlet cover? Former homeowners converted a garage to a family room ~20 years ago including extensive water drainage reorientation. The ...
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Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?

The grounding prong of a 3 prong plug broke off in an outlet. Could this be an electrical hazard should a child touch it?
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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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Nema 6-15 to nema 5-15 (hot hot ground)

Let me preface this by saying i did my research, i got an electric car and the charger is limited to 12A draw internally, but it is designed to handle both nema 6-15 and nema 5-15 specs. If you run it ...
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Replace Light Fixture with outlet

I have a projector I plan on mounting to the ceiling in my basement. It just so happens that I have an unused light fixture receptacle which had been covered with a plate, right next to where I am ...
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Hot to Neutral Short?

My wife called me home from work because the lights in several rooms stopped working. I came home expecting a tripped circuit breaker or GFCI, but I found no such thing. Instead, after pulling out ...
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Replacing grounded outlets with grounded metal junction box

Replacing several 3 prong outlets in my 1968 home. Tried searching to find an answer but most questions seem geared towards replacing 2 prong outlets with 3 prong and don't apply here. My wiring ...
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New GFCI outlet; green light is on but no power

I installed a new GFCI outlet with an one that was working. I wired it exactly as the older one and it isnt working. The green light is on but no power? I reversed the wires and no light. I replaced ...
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Is it against NEC to reverse NM cable clamps?

Is the following installation method for NM cable clamps prohibited by the NEC for receptacle outlets? Note: I know it would be more functional and less awkward to screw in the NM clamps had I used ...
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Three-way switches to control top outlet of multiple receptacles

I am in the process of renovating the livingroom in my 1930's era house which only has two non-switched outlets in one 12x12 room. I would like some receptacles to have one switched and one non-...
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What can I do to differentiate the switched receptacle from the unswitched receptacle on a duplex receptacle?

I have some duplex outlets where one of the two receptacles is on a switch. I wanted to install the one on the switch upside down (ground up) so that it's easy to tell which one is on the switch. ...
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling light

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a wall switch that turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling light and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 2 cables coming into ...
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What is the preferred method for removing & replacing electrical wiring in the garage?

I just purchased a house built in the mid-1990s in Kansas, U.S. The garage is generally finished: It has sheetrock walls and ceiling. It also has outlets spaced every 6 feet or so about 4 feet above ...