Outdoor plug taking up socket space


Old 08-23-20, 01:51 PM
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Outdoor plug taking up socket space

I've got a plug for my outdoor awning that is designed so that it lies flat against the socket. This is annoying because the socket is an outdoor one and is in a weatherproof box which prevents me from using my other socket. I now want to hang up some string lights which uses a regular 3-prong plug but am unable to keep both plugged in at the same time.

Any ideas on how I can utilize both sockets? One possibility is to cut a hole on the left side so the wire can lie flat and I can use the left-most socket but that defeats the purpose of an outdoor weatherproof box if I'm cutting holes in the box.

Old 08-23-20, 02:01 PM
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I would move the plug to the other receptacle. Bend the cable and adjust the cover accordingly.
Old 08-23-20, 03:35 PM
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Take the cover off. Reverse the receptacle so the cord points right and remove the right knockout from the box. That's what the knockouts are for.

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