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Articles about Outlets


Help to Identify Outlet Power Failures

by Dave Rongey

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.


Why Outlets Stop Working

by Dave Rongey

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.


Dedicated Circuit for Bathroom Outlets

by Dave Rongey

Can the Bathroom GFCI Circuit be Used for Other Electric Outlets? Bathroom GFCI Outlets on a Dedicated Circuit.


Wire Connections and Adding Outlets

by Dave Rongey

How are the wires connected when adding new outlets? How to Add Outlets and Make the Right Connection.


Troubleshooting Problems with Electrical Outlets

by Dave Rongey

The electrical power in my bedroom is off and none of the wall outlets work: How to Understand Outlet Polarity Testing, When using a outlet tester on the outlets it reads that the hot and ground are reversed.


Replacing 2 Wire and 3 Wire Receptacle Outlets

by Dave Rongey

How to Wire Replacement Electric Outlets: Types of Outlets, 2-Wire Outlet and 3-Wire Outlet, Outlet Wiring Connection, Outlet Trips a Circuit Breaker.


Installing Outlets Ground Up or Down

by Dave Rongey

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


Identifying Travel Trailer Outlet Problems

by Dave Rongey

Troubleshooting Travel Trailer Outlet Problems: I have a travel trailer which suddenly lost power to several electrical outlets while several others work fine…


Why No Power to Wall Sockets

by Dave Rongey

How to Get Your Wall Sockets and Outlets Working Again: The problem could be at one of the wall sockets or outlets where the wiring connects to the outlet or it could be a wiring splice in one of the outlet boxes within the outlet circuit.


Heated Outlet and the Cause of Lost Power

by Dave Rongey

How to Repair Wiring and Splices in Outlet Boxes: Be sure to double check the wiring and any splices in the outlet box where you have seen the heated neutral.


Outlet Grounding Upgrades

by Dave Rongey

How to Ground an Ungrounded Outlet Circuit: In some cases, a separate ground wire may be installed for the ungrounded circuit or device and connected to the bonded ground system.


Mobile Home Outlets that Work On and Off

by Dave Rongey

Outlet Circuit Repair for a Mobile Home: The most typical cause for part or all of an outlet circuit to stop working, or to work intermittently is due to either a deteriorating connection where the electrical wires attach to the outlet.


How to Repair a Wall Outlet that Quit Working

by Dave Rongey

What Caused my Wall Outlets to Quit Working and How Can I Fix Them? The Most Common Problems with Wall Outlets and How to Them.


How To Ground Old Two-Wire Outlets

by Dave Rongey

Can I run a line from the panel to one location then bring all of the grounds from the outlets on one circuit to that location and tie them all together there, or do I have to run the ground to each outlet and splice each one in there? Attaching a Ground Wire For Old 2Wire Outlets: Electrical Grounding Methods and Requirements.


Outlets on 12-2 Electrical Wiring

by Dave Rongey

How to Select the Correct Electrical Outlets for the Circuit Wiring – This should not be a problem as it is common for a standard 15 amp outlet to be installed on a 20 amp circuit, in fact some outlets have a 20 amp feed through capacity


How To Identify Causes of Electrical Circuit Failures

by Dave Rongey

A Checklist to Help Identify Electrical Circuit Loss – Here are some things to check when an electrical circuit looses power.


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