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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 12:02 pm
Explain why outlets are usually mounted with the neutral slot on the left. What happens if you were to simply rotate the entire outlet 180 degrees and therefore place the neutral slot on the right and allow these various nightlights that stick up and cover the remaining outlet to be used and leave the other outlet free and un- encombered. The reason for the question is that I have a medicine cabinet right above my outlet and it prohibits me from plugging my nightlight into the upper plug and the lower plug if used would cover up the upper plug.
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Fido
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 12:56 pm
@Wynn Boyer,
Nothing would stop you from rotating the outlet, but you must have the large slot connected to the white neutral regardless, and if you are using gfi outlets in the bath area they would trip immediatly if done wrongly...

I was taught to wire outlets by a hillbilly from Kentuky after I burned up an expensive motor wiring it wrongly... He said: it is easy; 220 has three lags, and 110 has two lags... I said: Okay... What a lag??? A lag, a lag, he said; pointing to his leg... In Michigan, most of us have legs..
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 12:57 pm
@Wynn Boyer,
There is no problem rotating the outlet so that the neutral (large slot) is on the right and the round ground slot is on the top. Just ensure that the live wire is on the small slot and the neutral on the right. That is black on the small and white on the big.

You can easily do what you want to do for the reason you state. My only concern might be that if the night light is over the sink, you might have water splash up into it.

You can actually purchase items now that have a swivel plug so you can do what you want without reversing the outlet.
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contrex
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 01:07 pm
This is one of those "Only The US Exists" threads.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 01:16 pm
@contrex,
I suppose then that Intrepid doesn't exist.
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 01:37 pm
@contrex,
I imagine it wouldn't pertain to the UK where the current runs on the left side.
contrex
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 01:51 pm
@panzade,
panzade wrote:

I imagine it wouldn't pertain to the UK where the current runs on the left side.


It changes from left to right 50 times a second.
Intrepid
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 02:10 pm
@contrex,
contrex wrote:

This is one of those "Only The US Exists" threads.



Why do you say that? This Canadian is curious to know.
contrex
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 02:46 pm
@Intrepid,
Intrepid wrote:

contrex wrote:

This is one of those "Only The US Exists" threads.



Why do you say that? This Canadian is curious to know.


OK, an "Only NEMA outlet countries exist"
Intrepid
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 04:06 pm
@contrex,
Unless the author states otherwise, that is what they require.
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 04:10 pm
@contrex,
Quote:
I imagine it wouldn't pertain to the UK where the current runs on the left side.


'twas a joke son
contrex
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 12:14 am
@panzade,
panzade wrote:

Quote:
I imagine it wouldn't pertain to the UK where the current runs on the left side.


'twas a joke son


... I know. (rolls eyes). So was my reply. Like, duh!

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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 09:06 pm
Just cause i thought you might find it interesting.
240 V AC Australian electrical outlet
http://static.flickr.com/48/131704497_dab48d0b9b_m.jpg
................Portable Flex.......Building
Active A.....Brown.................Red
Neutral N......Blue..................Black
Earth E ....Green/Yellow........Green/Yellow
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