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Articles about Outlets

Adding an Outlet to a Wall Switch


My kitchen has an exterior wall with a door that goes out onto a patio, with a switch inside near the door going outside that is the only one controlling an overhead kitchen light. I drilled a hole through the brick to add an outlet outside, piggybacking off the kitchen light switch.



Outlets Stopped After Heavy Rains


When Electrical Outlets Stop Working: Storm related problems with electrical systems may be easy to fix, or may require an electrical repair job.



Wiring a 15amp 125volt Receptacle with Multiwire Configuration


Is it permissible to connect a 15A, 125V duplex receptacle to both phase conductors of a 120 240V, single phase multiwire branch circuit?



Installing Surface Mount Wall Outlets


What kind of surface conduit can I use to run power from a wall outlet to a light fixture? Installing Surface Electrical Conduit for Wiring a 120Volt Outlet and Light Fixture.



Replacing an Electrical Outlet


How to Replace an Electrical Outlet: When an Electrical Outlet has been Damaged or is Worn Out then Replacing the Outlet is Necessary using this Process



3Wire and 4Wire Kitchen Range and Stove Circuits


How can a stove be connect to a 3-wire outlet? 3Wire and 4Wire Range and Stove Circuits, Wiring 3 prong and 4 prong Range Cords.



Troubleshooting Electrical Outlet Problems


Some of my outlets are not working and will work only if something is plugged into a different outlet: How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Outlet Problems.



Connecting an EV Charger in a Detached Garage


Can I plug my EV Car Charger cord into an apartment garage using an extension cord?



Why Space Heaters Can Cause Electrical Outlet Problems


What has caused several outlets to stop working? How to Identify Potential Outlet Wiring Problems where Space Heaters are Used, Fix Electric Outlet Problems Caused by Portable Space Heaters.



Outlets Loose Power Due to Space Heater


How Large Appliances Could Cause Electrical Circuit Damage and Failure: The wiring will need to be identified and reconnected with approved insulated connectors.



Why Outlets Stop Working


What happened to make my outlets stop working? How to Identify and Repair Outlets, The most common reasons why wall outlets stop working and how they are repaired.



Adding an Outlet to a Light Switch


Andrey in Massachusetts asks; How Switch Wiring Can Be Used for Receptacle Outlets?



Causes of Lost Electrical Power to Outlets


How to Troubleshoot Lost Power to Outlets: Repairing an Outlet Circuit Problem, Circuit Problems or Faults, Checking Outlets and Electrical Circuit Wiring.



Outlet Wiring for Garage Freezers and Refrigerators


GFI Outlet Problems with Garage Freezers and Refrigerator and How to Fix Them: How to Wire a Garage Freezer or Refrigerator Outlet



Switched Outlet Wiring Diagrams


How to Wire a Switched Outlet – You will notice that these outlets have the tab removed from the “hot” side or Brass side of the outlet which allows the top half of the plug to be controlled only from the switch while the bottom end of the outlet remains “hot” all the time.



Replacing Outlets Without Ground Wires


How to Replace an Electrical Outlet When There is No Ground Wire: If the electrical box is metal then the ground wire should also be attached to the metal box using an approved grounding screw.



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