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Old 12-20-2012, 07:49 AM   #16
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No need for Commercial grade, unless you want them in say a workshop, where you are going to be plugging and unplugging stuff all of the time. The only commercial grade outlet I have in my home, is the Leviton Pro-line GFCI in my bath, due to that was all I could find at our local Ace Hardware, due to that store is closer, than driving 15 min's to one of the others here in town.


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Old 12-20-2012, 07:51 AM   #17
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Even then Joe, Hospital grade is not needed for DME (Durable Medical Equipment). What would be needed, is either a UPS that allows for you to keep the stuff online until the genset can be fired up. Most times people with O2 generators, will have a stand by bottle for power outages, or the equipment has a battery pack with it.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:13 AM   #18
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My Grandfather always told be to buy the best quality I could afford, and it would last.

There is nothing wrong with buying quality.

Just make sure you get 15 amp, I am sure your circuits are 15 amp.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:16 AM   #19
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Whichever receptacles you choose should be back wired with a clamp, not just a push in connection. This is far superior to either the push in wiring and terminal wiring.
Do you want it your way or the right way?
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:25 AM   #20
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If you got the loot, do it. Fellow electricians thought I wasted money running #12awg to 20 amp receptacles in my house.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:20 AM   #21
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Using electric outlets is a daily thing. Nice when they are good quality and last a long time!

I've had all commercial grade outlets and switches in my house for 12 years and they all still work like new. My front door lockset is also commercial grade and still works like new (also 12 years old).

It is nice to be able to buy quality things which last, especially in these days of junk which does not last more than two months! If I could have purchased hospital grade outlets for a few cents more, I would have done that with a quickness! But they were quite a bit more than commercial grade at the time I bought my outlets / switches.

Anyway go for it! Sounds like a great deal. Just poke around on the internet to be sure they are not counterfeit*.

*Most "medical" gizmos require additional testing and certification / quality control. So I don't know how they can sell these so cheaply?

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Old 12-20-2012, 11:29 AM   #22
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So your suggesting a hospital grade outlet is just a few pennys more?
There about $13 each, not just a few pennys.
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As others have said Hospital grade is usually quite a bit more expensive; I would double-check the info presented.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:23 PM   #24
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I'm just going to add to those who support using higher quality.

My home, built in 1991, is filled with Slater switches and receptacles. Well over 60% of them can no longer hold wall-warts in place; even when plugged in all the way, they routinely pop out. I've had to replace a good chunk of the switches that have arced and shorted out.

50-60 cents more per receptacle vs. the time and energy of replacing them later is well worth it, IMO. I'm not sure of the whole hospital grade above commercial grade, but in a heartbeat I will recommend using good, quality receptacles.


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