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Electrical Outlet

Installing electrical outlets is easy in this do-it-yourself tutorial. Learn how to install and wire an electrical outlet the proper way. By following these instructions, you'll have a nice looking and safe installation.

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June 20, 2009 at 12:42 am
(1) jrod says:

Proper position of the plug is with the ground on bottom. Wall plug power transformers hand down and their large blade is on the left hand side, even refrigerator plug the wire should hang down. Not upside down and have the wire arch around. Even three wire extension cords have a thumb grip on the flat part. Also many UL approved night lights have the bulb pointing down with ground up outlets (again larger blade on the left). Regardless of bizarre reasons why they should be with the ground up from everything from falling wire mounted picture frame hangers shorting out to loose metal plug plates, ground up mounting is not correct.

Certified electrician.

November 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm
(2) ryan says:

A certified electrician should also know there is nowhere in the code that specifies the orientation of a receptacle.

December 13, 2012 at 10:20 am
(3) Jblank says:

jrod is absolutely correct. Just because something isn’t “in the code” doesn’t mean a thing. Common sense shouldn’t have to be in any code.

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