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Outlets and Receptacles

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between the many types of receptacles (outlets) on the market, this is a good starting point. I cover duplex receptacles, GFCI outlets, arc-fault receptacles, isolated receptacles, split outlets and more.

How to Add an Outlet to an Existing Wall
Adding an outlet to an existing wall are made easy in these steps that will allow you to add an outlet to an existing wall without damaging it.

Polarized Receptacles…What Are They?
If you have an older home, you may still have polarized receptacles in it. Find out what they are and why you may want to change them for safety reasons.

Common Receptacle Troubles
Receptacles are a convenient way to plug all types of appliances and lighting into to supply power. However, these convenient devices have their share of problems over the years. Here is a look at the many things that can go wrong.

Split Outlet Warnings and Rules
Find out some of the rules and warnings associated with split outlets. Learn what the benefits are by converting a regular outet into a split outlet.

Disadvantages of Two-slot Receptacles
Old receptacles, often called outlets, can pose a problem. Loose connections and the lack of grounding are among the problems that appear. Let's discuss the disadvantages of two-slot receptacles in the home.

Line or Load…A GFCI Connection Choice
When it comes to ground fault circuit interrupter outlets, commonly known as GFCI outlets, there is always a question as to how to connect the wires to them. In this article, I'll give you the information you need to connect them properly.

Isolated-ground Receptacles
Electromagnetic noise can be a problem with audio and home theater equipment alike. One sure-fire way of making sure this noise isn't present is to use an isolated-ground receptacle to power this type of equipment. Although the basic shape of the receptacle is jsut like any other receptacle, there are some differences that make this recptacle different. The ground plug holes are isolated from …

Wiring Electrical Receptacle Circuits Through A Receptacle
Wiring through receptacles is a method that many people have used for years, but it is not the preferred method according to electricians and the National Electrical Code.

Testing Receptacles For Grounding
It is important in this day and age to have a ground on the receptacles in your home. You likely have on of two types of receptacle, a polarized or a three-slot receptacle. In order to perform this test, you’ll need some type of electrical tester. This could be a neon tester, a receptacle tester, a voltage tester, a receptacle tester, or a multi-meter. Let's take a look at the testing procedure…

Grounded Or Ungrounded Homes...Which Do You Have?
If your home has polarized receptacles, you may not have grounded receptacles.

Laundry Designated and Dedicated Circuits...What's the Difference?
Here's a little explanation of the difference between designated and dedicated circuits as per a laundry room.

Laundry Wiring Requirements
Learn what the laundry wiring requirements are for receptacle installation and why.

Outdoor Outlets...Tapping Into an Existing Circuit
When you are in the need of an outlet on the outside of your home, what are you to do? You could run a new circuit from the circuit breaker or fuse panel. Then again, wouldn't it be much simpler to just tap into an interior outlet within the home? Here's how to do just that.

Cheap Outlets and/or Receptacles...What's the Difference?
When shopping for outlets, often called receptacles, is there really a difference between the cheaper models and the more expensive ones? Here's a few things you need to consider before making the purchase.

Receptacle Wire Connections
If you've ever wondered why one connection method to a receptacle, often called an outlet, is better than another, this is the article for you.

Receptacle Boxes and Cable Installation Code
Installing electrical boxes and electrical cables are made easy by following these recommended electrical installation codes.

Outdoor Lighting and Receptacle Codes
Here are a few outdoor lighting and receptacle codes that you will need to know before wiring your home or making room additions.

Installing Outlets
Installing outlet is easy if you follow these steps.

Top Eight Ways to Improve Your Home's Value
Have you ever wondered if you can improve the value of your home? Why does one person get more money for their home when they sell it while another gets little or can't sell theirs at all? Why does one person seem to find wealth and prosperity with everything he touches, while another person never succeeds at anything? Could it be luck or is...

GFCI Testing For Potential Problems
GFCI outlnets offer a great electrical safety barrier between you and the supply of electricity in your home. By installing these GFCI outlets in your home according to the instructions, you have a better chance of them functioning properly. However, you should also follow the periodic testing of these devices to ensure they remain functioning optimally throughout the years to come.

Top Appliance Wiring Tips
Here are some of my favorite appliance wiring articles.

What is an Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter?
Here is the definition of an arc-fault circuit-interrupter.

Should I Install a GFCI Receptacle or a GFCI Breaker?
The question is often asked, whether it is better to install a GFCI receptacle or a GFCI breaker.

Summer Cooling Roundup
Here are some ways to cool your home and main=tain the equipmment.

Appliance Wiring
Learn how to repair and replace appliance parts.

How to Wire Electric Range Receptacles
Learn how to wire electric range receptacles with this easy step-by-step guide.

Electric Dryer Projects and Fixes
A comprehensive look at electric dryer wiring, including the dryer itself, cord connections, outlets connections, dryer connection safety, testing and more!

Choosing the Right Receptacle
Two-slot receptacles are called polarized. Here's why we don't use them now.

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