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Articles about Outlets

Half Hot Switched Outlets Explained


How to Wire Half Hot Switched Outlets: The brass tab is a link between the top and bottom receptacles that allow them to be isolated from one another for applications such as a wall outlet that has one receptacle controlled by the wall switch while the other receptacle is 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.



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.



Troubleshooting a Bathroom Outlet Problem


Mike in Vancouver, Washington asks: I had an outlet go bad in a bathroom and there were popping and crackling sounds, what would cause this? How to Correct an Outlet Voltage Problem, Troubleshooting Outlet Wiring Connections, Neutral Wires and GFCI Outlet Circuits.



Installing Electrical Outlets in a Garage Workshop


How many electric outlets can I have on the same circuit? Installing Circuit Wiring for Outlets in a Workshop Garage.



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



How to Fix a Tripping GFCI Outlet for a Freezer or Refrigerator


My freezer lost power, do I have a bad GFCI receptacle? Problems with GFCI Outlets for Freezers and How to Fix Them.



Help to Identify Outlet Power Failures


After a power outage some of the power outlets in my home quit working, what should I check? How to Identify Home Power Outage and Electrical Circuit Failures.



Wiring a Switched Outlet Combo


How Can I Replace an Wall Outlet with a Switched and Outlet Combo? Wiring a Combo Switch and Outlet.



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.



Help for Lost Power to a Bathroom GFCI Outlet


How to Repair a Bathroom GFI Outlet: Troubleshooting Bathroom Electrical Circuit Problems and Testing a Bathroom GFCI Outlet.



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 an Outlet for a Wall Mount TV


How can I install an outlet for my new TV? How to add Wiring for a New Outlet, Adding an Outlet for a Wall Mounted TV.



Testing and Repairing Outlet Wiring


How to Test and Repair Outlet Wiring: Having a Circuit Analyzer style plug in tester that will check the power and polarity of your home receptacle outlets is invaluable.



Connecting an EV Charger in a Detached Garage


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



Electrical Circuit Causes Damage to Electronic Devices


I’ve had two electronics appliances die after being plugged into a particular outlet, is it possible that the problem is an outlet problem…



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