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Old 07-16-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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120V Receptacle ground, up or down?


I searched and could not find a previous thread so I wanted to see what everyone's thoughts are.

Right now, I'm thinking ground prong up is the safest bet.


This is just a general discussion, commercial, residential, whatever.

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I put it down but it doesn't matter to me which way someone else does it.

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I put ground down but it no safer in either place.
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Really isn't any justification for it one way or the other that I know of. It's a personal preference. Some people like it to resemble a smiley face, others prefer ground on top. In my mechanical workshop at work (commercial/industrial setting) they are ground up, in my home they are ground down. Just my opinion.

Please wait for the electricians to respond to your post to see if maybe there is a code or mentioned of it in the NEC.
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jmon, nothing in the code either way.
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I was not able to find any code about it either.
That's why I started the poll, just to see what others think.

I've personally seen where ground prong up would have stopped accidents from happening.
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The topic of ground up or down has been discussed repeatedly on this forum over the past five years or so, and has prompted a number of rather humorous posts. You may want to search them just for grins. We may already have had a poll on this topic, it has as much relevance is taking a poll on which end of a sheet of plywood should be installed in the up position.
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The topic of ground up or down has been discussed repeatedly on this forum over the past five years or so, and has prompted a number of rather humorous posts. You may want to search them just for grins. We may already have had a poll on this topic, it has as much relevance is taking a poll on which end of a sheet of plywood should be installed in the up position.
Except that there is absolutely nothing related to safety or cosmetics in regards to the sheet of plywood's orientation.


I did try searching, nothing came up sadly.
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Except that there is absolutely nothing related to safety or cosmetics in regards to the sheet of plywood's orientation.


I did try searching, nothing came up sadly.
Nothing safe or unsafe about the direction of the ground either.
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I'm a big fan of the surprised electrical face. It's the traditional standard. But from a technical perspective ground-up makes more sense because it keeps the hot prong held in by gravity, and keeps foreign objects away from it.
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Nothing safe or unsafe about the direction of the ground either.
See,

Now that's what's up for debate.
However, there is nothing to debate regarding the plywood.

That was my point.
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All kidding aside, the 2nd image shows a right angle plug (often found on refrigerators and other appliances), plugged into a ground up receptacle.
To me it doesn't hang right and that is why I install them ground down. That is my personal (non-code related) preference.
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Given the greater usage of plastic plates this gets less relevant as time passes. I don't think I have seen anything drop across the prongs.
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so why does gravity on work in 1 position? and are there any liquid foregn objects?

i could see this subject being stretched out awhile.
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i like ground up just to be different. but how about a horizontal mounted outlet. neutral up or hot. i like neutral up

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