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ground up or downon receptacles #75251 02/19/07 10:08 PM
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smokey Offline OP
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just wondering how the rest of the world installs their receptacles ground up or down?and why?does it really matter?

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Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75252 02/19/07 10:35 PM
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RobbieD Offline
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Get the can opener, lol

Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75253 02/20/07 12:33 AM
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I install all my receptacles horizontally with the ground usually to the right. [Linked Image]


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Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75254 02/20/07 12:37 AM
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NORCAL Offline
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Here we go again....

Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75255 02/20/07 12:39 AM
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renosteinke Offline
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My place was built in 1940.... what's a ground?
[Linked Image]

Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75256 02/20/07 01:01 AM
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frenchelectrican Offline
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l'OH aucun ici nous allons encore !!!

dont get me started on this one


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Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75257 02/20/07 01:47 AM
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New Zealand has the ground on the down or lower terminal of the socket.


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Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75258 02/20/07 08:19 AM
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IanR Offline
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"New Zealand has the ground on the down or lower terminal of the socket."

So, is that ground up to us north of the equator? [Linked Image]

Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75259 02/20/07 10:06 AM
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This question seems hauntingly familiar [Linked Image] Deja Vu all over again.

You walked into it smokey! But, seriously, everybody has their opinions and applications for each option. Personally, anything industrial, I go with the ground up. The accepted logic is that sheet metal (and other conductive objects) can slide between the cord cap and the outlet, and with the ground DOWN, this can obviously cause a short. Not only could this cause damage to other sensitive equipment on the circuit, a sticky or bad breaker could let the fault linger enough to cause a fire. I'm sure the other folks on this forum have additional reasons for "ground-up" outlets.

On the other hand, for residential and "office" applications, people just don't want to see an "upside-down" (ground-up) outlet. They're used to seeing things a certain way, and that's the way they want it. Logic does not enter into it. Nobody wants to spend 4 hours flipping all the outlets on a finished job because the homeowner is weirded-out.

I have, however, flipped an outlet (ground-up) in residential work to identify a half-hot. This is usually appreciated by homeowners as long as they understand why it is done.

My $0.02, anyway

Re: ground up or downon receptacles #75260 02/20/07 10:33 AM
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renosteinke Offline
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Smokey, your profile says you've been registered here for six years. You really ought to know better than to ask this particular question!

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