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Old 12-20-2003, 05:15 PM   #1
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help! - how do I wire a polarised USA plug??


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which side does the live wire go to? - the fatter or thinner prong?

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Old 12-22-2003, 06:27 PM   #2
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The hot wire goes to the brass colored screw, which should be the smaller opening.

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Old 01-04-2010, 09:11 PM   #3
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The wide prong on the plug should go to the base of the light bulb. The narrow prong on the plug should go to the dot at the center of the socket. The wide prong is neutral/return. The narrow prong is the hot side.To add some more detail, the wide prong (the neutral) connects to the ribbed lamp-cord wire. The rib denotes the 'white' wire (neutral). Then the ribbed wire goes to the silver (nickel) colored screw on the lamp-holder. The non-ribbed side of the lamp-cord, is obviously then the 'black' (hot) wire. It connects to the gold (brass) colored screw on the lamp holder. The old electrician's adage is at play here:

'Black to brass; or burn your as$'.

hope this helps not sure what your wiring.
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The wide prong on the plug should go to the base of the light bulb. The narrow prong on the plug should go to the dot at the center of the socket. The wide prong is neutral/return. The narrow prong is the hot side.To add some more detail, the wide prong (the neutral) connects to the ribbed lamp-cord wire. The rib denotes the 'white' wire (neutral). Then the ribbed wire goes to the silver (nickel) colored screw on the lamp-holder. The non-ribbed side of the lamp-cord, is obviously then the 'black' (hot) wire. It connects to the gold (brass) colored screw on the lamp holder. The old electrician's adage is at play here:

'Black to brass; or burn your as$'.

hope this helps not sure what your wiring.
Presuming that the (house) wiring is correct. BTW; As was discussed on another thread on this Blog, the regionality? (Geographic location) of this poster can be discerned (by the Spelling, and the inquiry) not to be from the USA and Canada!
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Billy Bob (Poster #4) The sketch is great but it has one incorrect detail; It shows the NEUTRAL wire (on the Socket base) threaded the wrong way. (Counterclockwise) ! (No matter what) Don't Drink and Drive, Ever!!!!
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You guys know that this is a 6+ year old thread right.
If the op has not figured how to do it, it may never get done.
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You guys know that this is a 6+ year old thread right.
If the op has not figured how to do it, it may never get done.
You're right. We (actually, I'm speaking for myself only!) like to shoot first and ask questions (or provide answers) later! But, It DOES have some relevance for today. On another thread in this Blog, there was a discussion about requiring posters to identify their region or country of residence. Because different terms and pronunciation were used in the various places. Someone pointed out that by the form of inquiry and Spelling we can identify which (English-speaking) country they hail from. For example, in the thread under discussion we know for sure that the inquirer does not live in Canada, or the USA. Because the Canadian Electrical system, (today) is identical to that of the USA. And by the form of Spelling, it could be Australia-N.Z. or the UK. !

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