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    I've seen it go the other way, give some leeway and people go with "the laziest way"
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    questions asked, answers received, ignorance abated

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    The NEC does not specify up/down orientation for 15A & 20A receptacles, it is purely job specs or personal preference, anyone who says one way is the correct way & the other is not, is wrong. NEC code committees have refused to touch the issue, and professional electricians forums will lock topics posted about ground up/down.

    30A & 50A receptacles for electric dryers & ranges need to be mounted ground prong up (3-wire dryer or range receptacles would be mounted neutral prong up since they are non-grounding dual voltage devices) to accommodate the right angle plugs molded on the cord, it just screams ignorance when a receptacle was mounted incorrectly. Canada requires them to be mounted sideways in a very specific location behind the appliance.

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    Ground is always down. I am right.

    Anyone who install an outlet upside down, will find it proper the next time they see it.


    Quote Originally Posted by norcal01 View Post
    The NEC does not specify up/down orientation for 15A & 20A receptacles, it is purely job specs or personal preference, anyone who says one way is the correct way & the other is not, is wrong. NEC code committees have refused to touch the issue, and professional electricians forums will lock topics posted about ground up/down.

    30A & 50A receptacles for electric dryers & ranges need to be mounted ground prong up (3-wire dryer or range receptacles would be mounted neutral prong up since they are non-grounding dual voltage devices) to accommodate the right angle plugs molded on the cord, it just screams ignorance when a receptacle was mounted incorrectly. Canada requires them to be mounted sideways in a very specific location behind the appliance.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post
    I've got a touch of OCD in me. Nothing too medical, it's just a hunch of mine.

    Outlets need to be installed with the ground down. You'll never see an outlet with the ground up in my house.

    On a bit of a tangent, did I ever tell you of the time I was a child of maybe 10, and I intentionally dropped a penny on the hot legs of a plug that wasn't all the way in? Oh yeah, got to meet mister sparky . . . LOL


    Ground down here too, ... And, when You saw "Sparky", did ya hear the Bee Gees wailing "Stayin' Alivvvvvvvvvve!!!!"?

    I can remember back in he early 60s, when We were puttiing up a Xmas tree, & my Dad wanted to test the lights, ... I don't know why,... May be "the Devil made me do it"? But I saw a light that didn't have a bulb in the socket, so I put my finger in there. It was exhilarating!!!!
    Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children.


    "You've got to Stand for Something or You'll fall for anything" (A. Tippin)


    Mat_15:24 But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTP99 View Post
    That is correct.
    Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children.


    "You've got to Stand for Something or You'll fall for anything" (A. Tippin)


    Mat_15:24 But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by billygoat22 View Post
    I've noticed that flat plugs w ground have the cord on the ground pin side, so if the ground is down, wire lays flat. if ground is up, the cord comes out top and droops over, pulling on the plug rather than hanging straight down.
    Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children.


    "You've got to Stand for Something or You'll fall for anything" (A. Tippin)


    Mat_15:24 But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidDeBord View Post


    Ground down here too, ... And, when You saw "Sparky", did ya hear the Bee Gees wailing "Stayin' Alivvvvvvvvvve!!!!"?

    I can remember back in he early 60s, when We were puttiing up a Xmas tree, & my Dad wanted to test the lights, ... I don't know why,... May be "the Devil made me do it"? But I saw a light that didn't have a bulb in the socket, so I put my finger in there. It was exhilarating!!!!
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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