Which way is up when installing three prong receptacles?


Old 03-15-06, 08:28 AM
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Unhappy Which way is up when installing three prong receptacles?

This may be a dumb question but what is the proper way to install threeprong receptacles? The single prong up or down? I have purchased night lights, plug-in switches and timers and when I plug them in they are upside down. Does it matter?
Thanks, Charlie
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Old 03-15-06, 08:33 AM
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This subject has been discussed on many threads here, and the general consensus is that there is NO consensus. Both "ground up" and "ground down" have advantages and disadvantages.
Stay tuned; there will be many responses soon
Old 03-15-06, 08:47 AM
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No, please, let's not have "many responses soon". A million words too many have already been written on this, and those words lead nowhere. If you don't like your stuff being upside down, feel free to turn the receptacle over.
Old 03-15-06, 09:22 AM
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Links to a couple of above mentioned "million words", for your reading enjoyment.

Old 03-15-06, 07:22 PM
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Check out the nearby thread, with a receptacle that stops the argument before it starts. http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=257193

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