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How can I move an outlet from the back of an enclosed space to the front wall?

If moving the outlet forward makes the cable to it shorter, no problem. If you need to add cable, you either need to go back to the next junction box and fish a new cable, or you need to make the ...
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Electrical Code Compliance Question

There are two definite issues, some possible additional issues: Grounding The only place ungrounded receptacles are allowed is if they are original equipment installed when a building was built (or ...
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Melted electrical outlet

It is safe, as long as there is a cover (or the old outlet) covering the wires (even though they are taped up). I personally hate tape and would use a connector block to isolate the different wires. ...
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Melted electrical outlet

It's safe - as long as you only have adults in your household, that can be told not to touch the wires. If you have a youngster, it's dangerous as it allows tool-free access to live wires... A better ...
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Why can't I find a plug for inside a breaker box

North America answer. In an oversized equipment or control cabinet, if work is performed within the cabinet often enough to make this worthwhile, you can assemble an outlet in a junction box within it ...
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Splitting Standard Outlet with 2 different hot wires (light switch and normal) and shared neutral into 2 double outlets

First, it's a code violation to put a dimmer on a socket. The only way this is allowed is if the socket is uniquely designed to reject normal plugs, such as this Lutron line of special sockets and ...
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Outlet no ground but upsteam grounded

“Continuity” between the upstream hot and ground can’t be a short between the black wire and ground. If it were, the breaker would trip and you’d have no power! This probably means that you have a ...
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Electrical Code Compliance Question

To answer your questions: It is not grounded (you can see the ground wire cut off and not connected to the outlet). It is not code compliant for multiple reasons (not in a junction box, not grounded, ...
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New GFCI Tamper Resistant Outlet not working

Basic trouble-shooting for GFCI/receptacle: Disconnect all wires. Determine which wires are incoming/line. Connect hot and neutral from that set (wires or cable) to the incoming/line side of the GFCI....
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How do I add a always on duplex receptacle under sink on same circuit as switched garbage disposal

This could be anywhere from super-easy to moderately hard to impossible. There are two key issues in being able to tap into the existing circuit: Existing Load If a circuit has hardwired equipment ...
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Why can't I find a plug for inside a breaker box

If your breaker panel uses a DIN rail system (common in Europe) then you can easily find outlet that will fit on there. In the american-style busbar design the convenience outlet is usually put in ...
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Options for using this electrical box to add new outlet above

Alternately, if you can't work the angle for drilling a hole per Robert Chapin's answer—since the box appears to be fairly deep—the box can simply be replaced. You should be able to use a sawzall or ...
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Options for using this electrical box to add new outlet above

This is a Bakelite box. You can drill through the top or bottom near the back and feed cable through the holes you make there. See How can I bring cable into a junction box with no knockouts?
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Is it ok to replace all 2-prong receptacles with GFCI ones without identifying head of circuit?

The other answers cover the basic requirements, so I'll get to a requirement not mentioned. To comply with the National Electrical Code (NEC), replacing a receptacle requires Arc-Fault Circuit-...
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