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outlets #37556
04/29/04 09:58 PM
04/29/04 09:58 PM
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rj  Offline OP
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Skidmore, Missouri, USA
It has been a long time since I have been on here looks like I have missed some good stuff. I have a guestion about 120v outlets being installed with the ground at the top not the bottom. Where in code does it say that the ground will be at the top. I have not been able to find it. Thanks for any help that I get.

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Re: outlets #37557
04/29/04 10:02 PM
04/29/04 10:02 PM
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frenchelectrican  Offline
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RJ;

there is no code providations for saying for grounding slot up or down or left or right for that matter as well. this is been debated before many time.

typically commercal buildings have grounding slots up and the home usage the ground down but as i say it not always be the same way at all .

merci, marc


Pas de problme,il marche n'est-ce pas?"(No problem, it works doesn't it?)

Re: outlets #37558
04/29/04 10:05 PM
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Jps1006  Offline
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oh boy.

Re: outlets #37559
04/29/04 10:08 PM
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rj  Offline OP
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Thanks for the info.

Re: outlets #37560
04/29/04 10:44 PM
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Sparkeee32  Offline
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Federal Way WA USA
We have a state code here saying ground down on 120 plugs. Perhaps check your local codes, and not the national. Best wishes, Brian.

Re: outlets #37561
04/30/04 01:09 AM
04/30/04 01:09 AM
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rizer  Offline
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bradenton ,fl.,usa
back when i was an apprentice my 3rd year teacher said the reason the government went to ground up was that the army secretaries when pluging things in at their desks would have their dog tags fallout and (at least once) had the tag land between the hot and neutral. hence the change to grounds up. believe it or not!

Re: outlets #37562
04/30/04 08:11 AM
04/30/04 08:11 AM
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Texas_Ranger  Offline
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Vienna, Austria
Here in Europe with unpolarized Schuko outlets we got almost the same question with "hot left or right". The result of the endless discussion was that there isn't any code reference
Some people recommended putting the hot up on vertically mounted sockets, because if the house were ever flooded the water line would reach the neutral first [Linked Image]
As if those 19mm would make any difference...

Re: outlets #37563
04/30/04 01:51 PM
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wa2ise  Offline
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Oradell NJ USA
Quote
Some people recommended putting the hot up on vertically mounted sockets, because if the house were ever flooded the water line would reach the neutral first


But if a thin metal object should fall and touch the plug prongs, it will find the hot
prong, and maybe short out to a metal cover plate. So I put horizontally mounted outlets with the neutral up.

Re: outlets #37564
04/30/04 02:45 PM
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frenchelectrican  Offline
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texas ranger:

you got that nice words about the outlets too


Here in Europe with unpolarized Schuko outlets we got almost the same question with "hot left or right". The result of the endless discussion was that there isn't any code reference

now that is very simuiar with north american system .

i am not suprised it can become international debate with this regaurdless which verison it have on it. i am sure it will add very instering twist in here

merci, marc


Pas de problme,il marche n'est-ce pas?"(No problem, it works doesn't it?)

Re: outlets #37565
05/01/04 07:14 AM
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GA76JW  Offline
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Suwanee, GA USA
So to solve the problem, why not mount receptacles sideways?

Kill 2 birds with one stone. [Linked Image]


"If common sense was common, everyone would have it"-not sure, someone here

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