A friend of mine told me the proper way to install an electrical
outlet for the standard home is to position the round ground connector
in the upward position. Has anyone else heard of this? I have never
seen an outlet positioned this way in my life.
And recently, following this same discussion here on several
occasions, the general conclusion of which, if I recall correctly, was
that ground pin at top was probably the safest against anything
metallic falling across the live and neutral pins etc.; it appears to
me that many (most?) of the el cheapo plug-in wall warts/adapters/
timers etc. seem to be made for ground pin on the bottom! Almost all
outlets in my house are the other way up. Most of the time it doesn't
matter anyway, but ............ occasionally it's nuisance to set a
timer and then plug it in upside down!
those previous discussion also, again IIRC, identified that since the
ground pin is longer and stouter having it at the top 'might' decrease
the likelihood of sagging and dragging out the 'working' pins; more so
than if those pins are at top. In other words sagging would push the
working pins 'in' rather than pull them out.
|A friend of mine told me the proper way to install an electrical
| outlet for the standard home is to position the round ground connector
| in the upward position. Has anyone else heard of this? I have never
| seen an outlet positioned this way in my life.
your friend is correct
ground up on outlets.
thats how we have been doing it since 1998
someday the whole country will be this way.
some inspectors care too much about this
and others don't care enough.
On Apr 16, 12:57 pm, email@example.com wrote:
I've experienced counter-example, Greg. Fire Marshall of town
where our facility was located mandated that all outlets be ground-
lug-up. And it was made so. Arguing would be a pi$$ing contest.
Also, he refused to allow any plug-in electrical heaters, likely
saving a few incidents. He'd catch 'em, we'd smash 'em.
Reasonable guy, but not wishy-washy
As you observed, nearly all are ground down.
Some say that is wrong because things falling down will hit the hot/neutral
rather than just the neutral.
There is some sense to that, but ground up looks wrong to most people since
it is not common.
Neither is "proper". Probably best to do whatever the rest of your outlets
Some appliances, like air conditioners, have plugs on the ends that will
hand better if the pin is up. They are designed that way as that is now
considered the proper way to orient the receptacles, at least in commercial
applications. . There is no code covering orientation.
Seems like most NEMA publications show the pin up on the 5-15 configuration.
I just looked at my GFCI in the bathroom and the test and reset buttons are
engraved in both orientations.
On Tue, 17 Apr 2007 00:18:50 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
In my younger days, I would have thought I was the only one who would
reverse the receptacle to make a cord hang right, but now I know
others would too.
So I would just pick a way, and if a cord arose that new not my way,
I'd rotate the receptacle. (One can use a Leviton #325547 Receptacle
The receptacle for my dryer (probably original installation when house
was built, around 1969) has the ground down. The plug on the dryer
(new last year) is positioned for a ground-up receptacle, so it has to
be plugged in with the cord going up instead of down.
Is this a gas or electric dryer? Most 120/240 volt appliance cords I
have seen have the ground on top. Also, it appears to be the custom for
gas dryers not to have right angle plugs, while washers have right angle
plugs with the ground down. This allows for both appliances to be
plugged into the same duplex outlet.
Haha. Don't feel too bad. In college, my room was basically a narrow
rectangle, with a bed on one long side, and the sink and closet on the
other, with a desk in there somewhere.
The bed did not have a headboard or anything else to distinguish one end
from the other.
I decided one day that I would rather sleep with my head on the other
side, and so I turned the bed around. This was a pain in the ass, but
with much work, in the room and in the narrow hallway outside the room,
I got it turned around.
Just as I finished, someone walked by, asked what I was doing, and then
asked why I hadn't simply moved the pillow to the other end and changed
where the sheets and blanket were tucked in.
And I believe the things they felt most likely to fall down that way
would be metal outlet cover plates, if the screw vibrated out, or maybe
got lost by a painter who'd removed the plate and then just placed it
back over the outlet.
On 15 Apr 2007 21:48:35 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I've seen many commercial places do this. The reasoning seems that if
a metal face plate comes loose and falls on a partically inserted plug
will not result in a short. Lot of 'if' here.
I personally, like ground port(round hole) on the bottom, since my
index finger does migrate over to it when inserting a plug at times. I
don't use metal face plates.
One note, it seems to be a matter or preference, but I would check
with local code enforcement to see what they 'want'.
tom @ www.FreelancingProjects.com
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