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The standard for installing a receptical...ground pin up or down?

The standard for installing a receptical...ground pin up or down?


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Old 11-21-07, 08:05 AM
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The standard for installing a receptical...ground pin up or down?

Out of curiosity, what is correct, the ground pin up or down, or is there a standard? All of mine are up, but it seems as though every time I get an appliance with an offset plug wire, it plugs in upside down. Logically I would think that the pin goes down which would be facing ground, but what do I know?
 
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Old 11-21-07, 08:16 AM
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There is no standard in the electrical code for receptacle orientation. Some electricians install grounds up, some install grounds down; some commercial jobs specify one way or the other from the engineer. Sometimes, the electrician will install a receptacle upside down relative to the others in the room to indicate that receptacle is controlled by a switch. In the US and Canada, grounds down has historically been far more common.

It can devolve into an almost religious debate.
 
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Old 11-21-07, 08:19 AM
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Nothing in the code. Ground down is most common for the reason you stated, offset plugs hang properly.
 
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Over the past few years, there have been thousands of posts made in this forum on this one question. Lots of opinions, but no consensus.
 
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Check out this site you may see a lot more then up or down in the furture.

http://www.360electrical.com/
 
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Old 11-21-07, 10:40 AM
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Great idea

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Check out this site you may see a lot more then up or down in the furture.

http://www.360electrical.com/
Now, if we followed Tesla's lead, all we would have to do is get the plug "near" the recept...no need for any holes.
 
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Old 11-21-07, 05:24 PM
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All commercial applications in my area are ground up.
The reasoning (of the engineers ) is if something were to fall and hit a plug... or the metal plate were to come loose... it would strike the ground pin and the plate wouldn't become energized.

Personally, in all the residential installs I've done its ground down.
 
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Old 11-21-07, 07:24 PM
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Now, if we followed Tesla's lead, all we would have to do is get the plug "near" the recept...no need for any holes.
that is hilarious.
 
 

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