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Installing Outlets Ground Up or Down

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?

This electrical question came from: Florian, an electrician 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.

Electrical Outlets Can Be Positioned With The Ground Up or Down

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2 Responses to “Installing Outlets Ground Up or Down”
  1. 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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