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Old 09-09-14, 05:34 AM
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hot on left?!

I have just replaced a few receptacles in the house. In every single one the ground is on the top and the hot on the left as you look at the receptacle. Is this OK?
In all instructions it says it's supposed to be the other way!
 
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Old 09-09-14, 05:51 AM
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That is a trivial matter and your instructions are not accurate. There is nothing in the NEC that dictates which direction to mount a receptacle.

Its personal preference really... if you look at most devices, the manufactures molded printing is usually in line with "ground on top". In Chicago, you will find all devices mounted sideways (neutral on top, ground to left). In my home they are all ground down. In my opinion, do what ever looks aesthetically pleasing to you or what functions best in your given application. I would never install "hot on top, ground to right" though but that's just me.
 
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Old 09-09-14, 05:56 AM
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It's hot (usually black) wire to brass screw, neutral (usually white) to silver screw and ground (bare or green) to green screw (if present). Top, bottom and sides have no meaning.
 
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Old 09-09-14, 06:31 AM
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If written not pictorial the instructions were clueless or written for a specific non residential situation such as a hospital. If pictorial then well they had to choose a direction to point it but remember receptacles can be mounted horizontal too so then is hot on top or bottom and ground left or right. As Mitch wrote the only important thing is hot to brass and neutral to silver.
 

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Old 09-09-14, 07:19 AM
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Althought the typical duplex receptacle has no specific orientation, I can only remember one device that had a specific "Top" marking on it. This is a device we recently discussed in another thread. If you click on the device and get a large view you can see that with the "Top" marking at the top the ground hole is up, but I cannot see that it would make any difference in it's function.

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Old 09-09-14, 10:21 AM
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I think I misunderstood. The OP was not referring to the orientation of how the outlet is mounted. Instead he meant to say his outlets have the polarity reversed and indeed that is wrong and needs to be rectified.

But then again he mentions "ground on top"....

To the OP... please clarify what you were referring to.
 

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Old 09-09-14, 10:26 AM
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Looking at the OP's first post again, it is difficult to understand what he means. I am not sure he even knows what he is saying.


I have just replaced a few receptacles in the house. In every single one the ground is on the top and the hot on the left as you look at the receptacle. Is this OK? In all instructions it says it's supposed to be the other way!
 
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Old 09-09-14, 12:33 PM
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I think they are just used to the ground being down and the hot on the right.
 
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Old 09-09-14, 03:02 PM
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Aesthetics only. But there are some appliances that will block the other plug in a duplex outlet when installed with ground prong down. Even if you use the plug on the bottom. If you put the ground prong in the up position the plug will tend to pull away from the outlet because the cord is falling down from the top. I always assumed this was because the appliance maker did not want you to use both outlets.
 
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Old 09-09-14, 05:39 PM
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I have just replaced a few receptacles in the house.
What country are you in? What is the voltage of the electrical system in your house?
 
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Old 09-09-14, 05:49 PM
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What country are you in?
Canada.....................
 
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Holding a receptacle in my hand with the ground up, the hot is on the left and the neutral is on the right.
 
 

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