There you have it. I think this one data point is enough to tilt the
argument in favor of ground pin up. Since it's otherwise arbitrary, why
not do the safer thing?
So far as the orientation of 90° plugs goes, I've seen them made both
ways, so it really doesn't matter which way you put the outlet: the plug
is going to be going the wrong way half the time anyhow.
"In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: \'Elect me president, and I
will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the
Someone here has already given an iron clad example.
In hospitals and most commercial buildings, the outlet covers are
stainless steel. In these buildings there is constant construction
going on. Cover screws can work loose from vibration.
Up is better, and required in patient care areas, because of falling
metal objects. ie surgical trays, surgical instruments, paper clips
and yes, coat hangers.
On Fri, 29 Aug 2008 13:18:24 -0500, "Steve Barker DLT"
When was anyone called stupid? He just said the other way looks stupid.
OK, he insulted a duplex outlet just because it's orientation is different.
In some states it is a Hate Crime to discriminate because of orientation.
He should expect to be served with a lawsuit from the National Brotherhood
of Duplex Outlets shortly.
He says the outlets look stupid, not the poster. How stupid of me to waste
my time on such a stupid reply to a stupid comment. This whole usene group
has gone stupid. Do you think? Yes. Now, stupid, I'm stupidly talking to
myself. That's stupid.
They do if the appliance is mounted on the wall above the receptacle
(like an air conditioner). Actually, I did install an air conditioner
recently. The plug was at a right angle so it went up from the
re: And until I start seeing power cords that are designed for ground
UP, then all my grounds will be DOWN.
You can see one here. This is an extension cord but I have the same
type of plug on my freezer.
Most cords are made for ground down; you're right. Not all, however and
window ac units seem to be one I see all the time that are different.
The refrigerator is that way, IMO, because those outlets are usually
high on the wall and not near the floor. Many cords have the gnd prong
closest to the equipment on the cords if you should keep track.
So, if ground up is now the correct way to go, those 90-degree plugs should
start to be made where the ground on the plug would be up while the cord
hangs down along the wall. I wonder if we'll see that happen, or at least
be an available option when buying them.
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