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

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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 ...
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What is the best way to wire a Cooper E-Z Wire recptacle?

I'm looking at replacing a few outlets that are old and loosely hold in plugs now. They are 15a 125v as is the wiring and breakers. I bought several Cooper E-Z Wire outlets and I am now trying to ...
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Common kitchen/bathroom countertop devices that use 120V20A

I currently have a 110V20A GFCI outlet in my guest bathroom. It's the older type, with red and black buttons, and I'm planning to replace it with a new TR/WR GFCI receptacle as part of a general ...
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How can I effectively remove paint from receptacle covers and screws?

We moved into an older house, and one of the projects is going to be replacing the 2-prong receptacles and changing them into 3-prong. However, there's many layers of paint around/over the plates, ...
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How do I relocate a generator inlet box?

From the images above, I have a 30 amp generator inlet that connects to a transfer switch. I’d like to relocate that inlet box to the outside of the house so that I don’t have to run my L14-30 cable ...
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Why do the bedrooms in my home have split switched outlets?

My wife and I are renting a house that was built around 2007 in Washington State. It has a peculiar wiring arrangement that I've never seen before. Every bedroom and the living room has two switches ...
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Outlet tester says “Correct”, but there is no ground wire

I replaced all outlets in my house weeks ago, informally noting which had ground wires and which didn't (only a couple). To confirm my notes, I bought an outlet tester, yet all outlets including the ...
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How to add a plug socket in a specific scenario

Not sure if there are any UK electricians on here, or how similar the electrical industry is to the American system, but here it goes... I recently moved into a flat in London. A combination of being ...
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120V measured between different outlet grounds

I'm experiencing some electrical issues with the apartment I'm subletting. While connecting up a projector/speaker setup using outlets from different sides of the room, we discovered (through means of ...
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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What does it mean when one wire goes into load, and one goes into line

I am replacing my kitchen outlets with GFCI. The inspector told me I just needed to install one at the first outlet in the circuit. I looked at the outlets on either side of my kitchen; at one end ...
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How can I provide GFCI protection to my kitchen receptacles?

I Live in Round Lake, Il., in a 1940's built home. In my kitchen I have four counter top receptacles surrounding my sink area. Two of the receptacles are close to the sink, and I want to replace them ...
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How can I relocate a receptacle that cannot be removed from the junction box?

We have an outlet recessed in a wood floor over a concrete subfloor. I want to build in a seating bench over that area, and extend the outlet to surface mount in the bench face. However, the outlet ...
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Lights lowering in the kitchen when turning on microwave oven: symptom of an unstable electric environment?

Is it normal for my kitchen lights to lower their intensity for a second when I'm starting my microwave oven? Is it a symptom of a bad/particularly unstable power environment? The reason I am asking ...
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How to add GFCI to a box with one outlet controlled by a switch?

I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to electrical work, though I do know my way around a circuit diagram, thanks to some EE courses in college. I think this is one I can do myself, I just would ...
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Does my wiring plan sound OK?

I bought a house built in '69 in northern VA a few months ago. Having mapped out the upstairs circuits, I've discovered that the whole place is a wiring mess. I am remodeling each room and bathroom ...
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Circuit Not on Any Breaker, but Off with Main Breaker

Looking through my main panel today I discovered that at least 1 circuit does not appear to be attacked to any breaker. If I turn off the main breaker of the house, the circuit does turn off. How can ...
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Is this wiring correct for outlet and junction box?

I was checking some electrical work done because the previous owners of our house had done some shady and incorrect electrical work. I wanted to check to see if both of these situation were OK. Is ...
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Dryer won't start. Uses a 4 prong 240v outlet where hot/ground is 120v but hot/neutral is 50v. What's wrong?

I recently had a dryer hooked up to this outlet and it ran for 2 years without problem. I recently got a new (to me) Kenmore 400-series dryer that was serviced a month ago and was in perfect condition,...
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Mounting outlet on drywall furred out from cement

I am in the process of adding an outlet to a wall in a previously renovated basement. The wall is drywall, mounted to furring strips which are attached to the cement wall. My two options as I see it ...
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Correct way to attach outlet wall plate?

I have been replacing the outlets in my house with Tamper Resistant outlets. On some of the replaced receptacles, the plate does not tightly attach to the wall—it can be pried back by my fingers. (I ...
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Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?

Is there any reason to use an AFCI receptacle rather than replacing the breaker with an AFCI type? It seems that providing protection on the whole circuit makes much more sense than to just one ...
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What size GFCI and receptacles on 20A circuit?

I am adding a string (5-6) of receptacles to an existing 20A circuit in my basement that currently has just one 15A duplex receptacle on it (with 12/2 Romex). I am planning to replace the existing ...
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How can I convert an exterior light junction box to an exterior duplex outlet?

I have two dedicated circuits that were supposed to be set up with exterior outlets, high up on the wall to run Christmas lights. What I got was two circuits terminated with wire nuts in junction ...
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Ground new wiring going into old two-wire outlet?

I'm wiring in a light switch and light into a closet on the other side of the wall of this outlet. I've run romex from the lightswitch hole through the wall and into the back of this metal box (...
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Is there any benefit to tripping a GFCI receptacle when it's not in use?

I have a few outdoor GFCI receptacles. (They are on different circuits.) I probably use these receptacles for 2 hours in a given year. In other words, I rarely use these receptacles. Keep in mind ...
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Moved into house with only 2 prong outlets. What to do with fridge and other outlets?

First let me start by saying I know this question has been answered with various nuances, but when it comes to safety I want to make sure I have the most appropriate information for my situation. We'...
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How would I go about adding more receptacles to a garage?

Looking for help in trying to get more electrical outlets installed in my woefully under-receptacled garage. I have one GFCI 20A outlet at the door going into the garage, one single ceiling outlet for ...
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Does a 16“W x 13” deep counter space need an electrical outlet?

I have a 15"W x 24" Deep base cabinet. The counter top overhang is 1" on the front and right side. There is no overhang on the left side as there is a gas range there. There is a 15" W x 12" deep ...
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How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?

I am replacing halogen under cabinet puck lighting to LED. The old system was hardwired right into a switch with a power source that was starting to make noise so I thought I would replace the whole ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into a non-switched outlet? [duplicate]

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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How do I troubleshoot a newly installed non-working outlet?

I recently spent several frustrating hours trying to figure out why an outlet on a new branch circuit would not power a load even though there was proper polarity at the outlet, my non-contact voltage ...
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Do power outlet splitters decrease power for each deviced connected to them?

If I have a one to three outlet splitter, would this mean that each outlet only gets one-third power, or do all three get full power?
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Tester showing ground, but I am not seeing a ground

In the original portion of my 1940's house, I have three outlets that have wires being ran using conduit. When I test them using a three prong tester, it shows that they are grounded, but when I open ...
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TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
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Do 240V receptacle use the same connectors as 120V receptacles for the same amperage?

I feel like I'm missing something obvious. I know different plug styles are used based on a circuit's amperage (in the US) but is the same style of plug used for both 110V and 220V outlets of the same ...
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Can I switch this outlet for a USB outlet?

Does anyone know what kind of outlet is this one: ...and can I safely swap it with this one? Or is there anything power concerns that I should be aware of??
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I removed a duplex receptacle and now my other receptacles don't work

I have removed a duplex receptacle and now, my other receptacles don't work. After removal, I capped each wire separately and that was all! Why did removing one outlet cause others to stop working? ...
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GFCI outlet shape for 20 amp vs 15 amp circuit - what does the little line on the outlet mean?

My contractor recently added a 20-Amp circuit to my kitchen while he was remodeling it. He explained that the circuit was 20-Amp, and the non-GFCI outlets he installed all have the little horizontal ...
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Building a table with outlets

My couch is covering both the outlets on the wall in my living room. I found a great idea on Pinterest to solve my problem, and I am looking to modify it a bit. See pictures: The blog on which this ...
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Adding USB Dual Port Charger Receptacle Blows Mains

I purchased a Hubbell "USB Dual Port Charger with 15A Duplex Receptacle" from Lowes to replace the duplex receptacle on my kitchen island. I first opened the circuit labelled for the island. The ...
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First time changing switches and outlets (receptacles). Anything special I should know?

I am replacing a bunch of switches and receptacles in my house. While I understand the basics, this is pretty much my first electrical project, and I figure there must be some hidden "gotchas" or ...
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What kind of electrical outlet is this? Red, winking-face shape

I found this outlet on the second floor of my apartment. I thought the plug could be an isolated ground plug, but then why is the connector so weird? And I dont live in a hospital. Important: I ...