Installing Outlets Ground Up or Down

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Why Electrical Outlets May Be Positioned With The Ground Up or Down and Which Way is the Right Way

Should Outlets Have the Ground Up or Down

Electrical Question: Some electricians install plugs with the ground down and some with ground up, what is the right way? I have always install them with ground down, is that the right way. Electrical Debate in “Longlac Ontario”. Please help.

This electrical question came from: Florian , a Other from Longlac Ontario, Canada.

Additional Comments: I like it very much to answer these type of question.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Florian.

Why Electrical Outlets Can Be Positioned With The Ground Up or Down

  • As far as I know there is no electrical code that requires a receptacle to be installed with the ground up or the ground down.
  • I will point out that having the ground up is much safer and could avoid an accidental occurrence where a thin metallic object could slide into the exposed hot and neutral prongs and cause an electrical flash and possible electrical shock, which I have witnessed first hand.
  • I might add that while I performed electrical installations in a hospital facility for nine years all the new receptacles were installed with the ground up.

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2 Responses to “Installing Outlets Ground Up or Down”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Don,
    That is a very good point, you are absolutely correct!
    This is true with range outlets and dryer outlets as well.
    Thank you for your insight,

  2. Don Douglas says:

    Up or down? check what’s going to be plugged in. Some plugs like a refrigerator have formed plugs that are off set. The outlet needs to have ground lug on bottom to make a connection that allows cord to hang down wall.


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