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Should I use the screw terminal or the holds in the back of the electrical outlet to attach the wires?

Technically, you can use either one. But wires “backstabbed” into these holes (as it is called) are more likely to fall out, which could start a...

 

The plugs in my outlet are very loose. Can this be fixed?

No, you should replace them … immediately. Loose contacts can lead to arcing, which can cause a...

 

Will a three-pronged plug adapter protect me against electrical shock when I use it in a two-prong receptacle?

Only if the wall plate screw is...

 

Is there a special receptacle I should install outside?

Yes, we have a special box with a cover designed to protect. In addition, the receptacle should also have ground-fault circuit-interrupt...

 

I need to install a receptacle for my kitchen range. Is it okay to use one designed for a dryer?

No, they may look similar, but they have different features. Make sure you check the manufacturer's label to ensure you are buying one that is...

 

Do all of the outlets in my kitchen need to have ground-fault circuit-interrupters?

No, if the first in the series is GFCI then all are...

 

I have an older home that does not have ground fault interrupters. Can I install these myself?

Yes, you can replace your regular outlets with ground fault interrupters. If you do not want to rewire the outlet, you can use a portable model...

 

What is a ground fault interrupter?

It’s a safety device that shuts off the power if a wire in an outlet develops a leak that could electrocute someone. This hazard is so serious...

 
 
 
 


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