Outlets can be installed with the ground socket up or with the ground
socket down. Code now requires outlets to be installed with the ground
socket up. ?
Have manufactures of appliance cords started to switch things around so
that when the plug is plugged in the cord hangs down?
Thanks for your replies.
My current house that I bought new in 1965 had all the outlets installed with
the ground up, and even back then, the few things that came with a ground
needed to be plugged in with the ground down. After closing and before moving
in, I turned every single one over and have had no problems in all these
years. The only metal covers are in the garage area. Tell me how a cover is
going to come loose and drop down with something plugged in anyway?
Every stupid plug-in in my house is ground plug up. I hate it, If I
knew how to change them without electocuting myself I would. I find
them inconvenient and can only assume the person who installed them
had an evil sense of humor or was drunk.
Vikki in WA State
jim evans wrote in message ...
turn off the whole house breaker.
unscrew the little screws that hold the faceplate on.
unscrew the 2 long screws that hold the outlets in
flip over outlet
screw in the 2 long screws
screw in the little screws for the faceplate
cave creek, az
I think the idea is that if the plug is installed with the ground hole
"at the bottom" and there is an appliance not fully plugged in,
something could fall and contact the hot pin, causing an arc / fire /
general death and destruction. If the plug is installed the other
way, this mythical falling object would harmlessly contact the ground
Similarly sideways installations are recommended as neutral slot up
(in polarized outlets).
I am not an electrician but I play one on TV.
Thank you, good article. Will try and remember this part:
"To ease the suffering, I will share with the reader my algorithm for
choosing outlet orientation. Here it is:
1. If the customer specifies an orientation, do it that way.
2. Else, if the receptacle is for a specific appliance, try to find out
whether the appliance cord works better with one orientation or the
other, and install the receptacle accordingly.
3. Else, if the local authority has an opinion, follow it. Don't ask me
to guess which way they might prefer, or why. Probably, they don't have
an opinion on it.
4. Else, if the job is in an existing home or facility, install it the
same way as the existing receptacles.
5. Else, install it with the ground prong at the bottom, because that is
more common, and looks better besides."
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