20amp outlets


Old 02-05-01, 01:15 PM
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Hi, I see these 20amp outlets with the T shape on one side but the inspector says to use 15amp outlets on a 20 amp circuit if I want to, or use the 20 amp ones if I got them. What are these outlets for? I've never seen an appliance with a plug shaped like this. Not even my microwave that has to be on its own 20amp circuit.
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Old 02-05-01, 01:18 PM
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I guess the only advantage I can see in using these if they take a standard plug is so my wife will know which circuits are 20 amp if she needs to plug in her hair dryer somewhere else besides the bathroom....
Old 02-05-01, 03:49 PM
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I have never heard of a consumer product that requires 20-amps or that have 20-amp plugs. Even your hairdryer will work fine on a 15-amp circuit. There must be some products, however, or they wouldn't make these recepticles.

However the 20-amp recepticles are constructed with heavier metal. But the more expensive 15-amp recepticles are constructed well also. My experience is that the good 15-amp recepticles are about the same price as the 20-amp recepticles. The only time I've ever bought the 20-amp recepticles is when the store was out of the good 12-gauge back-wire (not stab connection) 15-amp recepticles.

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