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#55208 - 08/21/05 12:40 AM Do you US guys have an option?
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Guys,
In all the time that I've been here at ECN, I've only ever seen vertical Receptacles used in the US.
Here is one of ours used here in New Zealand:



This is what I'm wondering, do you guys have a Receptacle that is Horizontal?
Like this?:



Your thoughts?.

{Thanks to Clipsal.com.au for the pics).


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#55209 - 08/21/05 04:07 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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Yeah Mike we have options.







Our receptacles may face any direction.

Bob

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#55210 - 08/21/05 04:15 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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Yes, I have seen a few GFCI outlets that are sideways like the one in your second picture. I don't have a picture handy though. While I have seen GFCI's like that I have never seen just a regular duplex receptacle though.

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#55211 - 08/21/05 04:21 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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Check out the triplex outlet on this page: http://www.levitonhelpdesk.com/catalog/
I have never seen one before though.

"Yeah Mike we have options."
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#55212 - 08/21/05 04:33 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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Thanks Bob,
Oh and by the way,
I don't wan't any Ground up or down comments.
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#55213 - 08/21/05 04:38 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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Well no comments but there is also Roger's outlet.

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#55214 - 08/21/05 05:50 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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And there's this:



The Biceptacle

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#55215 - 08/21/05 06:09 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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electure
Thats a really interesting concept for a receptacle. Still soumething about it just doesn't look right to me. Maybe I just don't like change

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#55216 - 08/21/05 09:18 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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OK, let's give our overseas friend a break here; I don't think the 4-square is used outside the US.

Mike, our basic electrical box is steel, 4" square and maybe 1.5" deep. This box is completely open in the front, and is used together with a "mud ring."
The mud ring comes in three varieties: for one device, for two devices, and with a round opening (for lights). They are made in different depths, to accomodate differing wall thicknesses. Again, our "typical" wall material is drywall- a factory made sheet of paper faced gypsum "plaster." so, the ring is the part that goes through the drywall.

You can mount the ring, and thus the device, in either orientation on the box.


Now, these days homes are often wired using a different sort of box- a plastic one with nails attached to it. This type does not use a "mud ring," and has to be mounted in line with the wall stud- or vertically.

You will note that our receptacles do not have switches mounted with them. This might be why our usual practice is to mount the receptacle vertically- it's just the "normal" way to do it.

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#55217 - 08/21/05 09:49 AM Re: Do you US guys have an option?
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They make a 4 plug device that has them indexed 90 degrees around in a circle.

Sorry, I didn't see Bob's picyture, that's the one

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