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Buying a home with 2 prong outlets but the bathroom has 3 prong outets

Grounding is no longer red-alert essential Since there are other ways now to provide better protection. Particularly, GFCI protection is so good that you're allowed to fit 3-prong outlets as long as ...
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What outdoor lightbulb is this?

There is probably a spring loaded contact on one end. Try moving the bulb gently both ways and see if moves. If so, move it far enough to remove it via one of the slots on either end of the bulb ...
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How do I change a bulb from my recessed lighting fixture?

Here is what the process of pulling the cover down will look like. The bulb is inside. If you can't get your fingers around it to unscrew it and need to use the suction cup, you can squeeze the spring ...
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Buying a home with 2 prong outlets but the bathroom has 3 prong outets

There are a few possibilities: The bathroom outlets were changed to three-prong and the ground screws are unattached. This means they're not grounded and are potentially unsafe. New wiring (or ...
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What outdoor lightbulb is this?

The socket is called R7s. These halogen light bulbs have lengths of 78 mm, 118 mm, 189 mm or 254 mm. From the picture it seems to be an 118 mm, which is most common. (Measure or read the imprint) You ...
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I need to drive a 7/16" nut but am unsure how to use the socket I bought for my screwdriver

You need two things.... 1/4" drive 7/16" socket ...and a 1/4" hex shank socket adapter... That adapter kit will allow you to use multiple drives of sockets for hundreds of future uses. You probably ...
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I need to drive a 7/16" nut but am unsure how to use the socket I bought for my screwdriver

What you bought was a hex bit socket, not a simple hex socket. What's confusing you here is the bit coming out of the top of the socket. You've confused that for a drill shank. The square portion is ...
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How do I change a bulb from my recessed lighting fixture?

Try grabbing the trim ring underneath the edges and pulling straight down. They usually have a springy bracket that holds them in place. Once down, the bulb will be exposed.
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Load on one socket

You're not blowing fuses/tripping breakers because each appliance draws a maximum of 10A (I think that's what you're saying). However, they don't always draw 10A - they usually only draw that much ...
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Can I split a single washing machine outlet for a lamp?

Just replace it with a duplex. There needs to be (current code, hasn't been that way "forever") a dedicated 20A circuit for the laundry room. But it can be a duplex receptacle, which would ...
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Load on one socket

There are 2 issues here. First, most socket splitters are cheap. They are made for cell phones, not washer-dryers. And so they tend to burn up even if you use them within their spec, because most of ...
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Is there any reason to prefer non-impact sockets?

Yes. The normal sockets have thinner walls, and thus are able to reach bolts that are set close-in. (The designers of those machines need to be close, and are well aware of the dimensions of ...
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Meaning of socket connector labelled 'A'

There are three sockets: two are fed from black L-connection the third one with the switch symbol next to it is fed from orange/red A-connection. This can be used in conjunction with a switch in ...
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Load on one socket

Not an ideal setup you have now, and you are correct to be doubtful about adding yet more load onto it. "Why hasn't it tripped the 16A breaker" comes down to "The ACTUAL load of your ...
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Buying a home with 2 prong outlets but the bathroom has 3 prong outets

TL;DR Unless there is a major panel replacement needed, you're looking at hundreds to replace every receptacle and/or add GFCI protection, not thousands. The electrical code (NEC) and actual practice ...
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Replacing outlet: six wires and three screws?

The idea of the pairs is that the socket isn't only a socket. It acts as a bridging connector, so that one wire comes from the source and the other one, of the same color, is the "source" ...
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How do I change a bulb from my recessed lighting fixture?

On many types of fixtures... You just unscrew the bulb! On those fixtures there is a small margin between the bezel and the flat lensed/Fresnel'd surface. That flat surface is the bulb. See, it ...
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Can I split a single washing machine outlet for a lamp?

To answer your primary question, yes, you can use a splitter. It's marginally less safe and runs the risk of working loose over time, but some common sense makes it viable. Just use one that looks ...
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Cut too big a hole in drywall for socket

This won't be too big once you install the old-work junction box you appear to have decided you don't need. image source https://images.homedepot-static.com/productImages/32809eab-094f-44e1-9f37-...
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For phone jack, which terminals are used by modem?

You need to connect to the center two wires in RJ-11. Since RJ-11 is usually 6 pins, these are pins 3 and 4. If yours has only 4 pins, these should be pins 2 and 3. Leave the other pins unconnected. ...
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What does 13A on my computer monitor power plug means?

That's the maximum rating for the plug. It doesn't change anything about the current in your attached device. If you exceed that current for some reason, the plug will open the circuit for protection.
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How do I replace a generator's 4 pin socket with a 3 pin socket?

This is largely impractical. Your generator's 240V is 120V-neutral/ground-120V with 240V between the two hot wires, and 120V from each to neutral/ground Your house power is 240V-Neutral/ground. One ...
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Alternative plugs for 110v

A few options spring to mind. Use American plugs and sockets, upside is they are specifically coded for voltage. Downside is they won't have been tested to European standards and they are also likely ...
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Why my wall sockets are buzzing when I plug something in?

The socket spring is sprung. The buzzing says you have arcing in there. Very bad news. I suspect the wire is getting loose because it's a type of connection we call a "back stab" where you jab the ...
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Is it safe to replace a lamp's UK 5 amp round 3 pin plug with a 13 amp rectangular 3 pin plug?

Yes - almost certainly. You need to get the wiring right (the wires should be colour coded in the usual way - if in doubt post pictures). The pins are in the same positions in both plugs. The 13A ...
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What are these connectors on UK plug socket internal wiring?

These are a type of splice that in your case was a safe way to terminate the wire in the bottom photo. In my area they are referred by there brand name Wago. I only use these types of splices or ...
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Identifying a (power?) socket

Google really did not want to help, because any such queries were glutted by travel adapters with all the different socket codes (A through J). Americans may note those cover only US NEMA 1 and 5, and ...
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Can I connect the ground pin of the wall socket to neutral?

UPDATE - OCTOBER 26th 2019. The OP has now connected the neutral to ground at the power socket. This is against all advice from all people commenting. He is completely ignoring the advice supplied by ...
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How to fix the metal part of socket?

That can't be fixed, but it can be replaced. That ring snapped off the piece in the right side of your photo, it connects the threaded metal on the base of the bulb to one of the wire leads. There's ...
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