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Old 03-03-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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How to wire a straight blade plug?


How do I wire a straight blade plug? Is it like how I marked it on the picture below? Does it matter which side the detailed wire is? IE. detailed wire on the left, undetailed wire on the right.

Btw, do I need to use tape anywhere for precaution?

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Old 03-03-2011, 01:49 PM   #2
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White/Neutral/ribbed wire on the silver.
Hot/Black on the gold.

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White/Neutral/ribbed wire on the silver.
Hot/Black on the gold.
Which one is silver and which one is gold?
The plug did not come any instructions or labels and those metal plates and screws are of the same color. They are not labeled either.

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The wider blade on the plug is the neutral.
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The wider blade on the plug is the neutral.
I just read something about the wider plug.
The plug that I have is this on:

http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCC...minisite=10021

It's non-polarized so both blades are the same size.

It's there a downside to using a non-polarized plug over a polarized plug?

EDIT: Did some more research, I guess it doesn't really matter which side I put the smooth wire as long as I make sure I plug that hot prong to the smaller outlet socket? Did I get that correct?

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looking at a receptical the neutral is no the left when the ground is down
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looking at a receptical the neutral is no the left when the ground is down
Ah, the ground socket is actually on the left and the neutral is the top socket.

Thanks that helps a lot.

EDIT: Finished installing the plug. Had some trouble but managed to do it.
Is there any hazard of electric shocks/fire with this job? It looks like a half-ass job seeing there are copper threads touching the rubber.

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I actually rewired the plug. Took me a couple of tries and about an inch of wire but finally got it neatly tucked in. Some insulation of the wire still touches those metal plates though.
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In the first picture....the wire on the right....above where it says 'SPT'...it's on backwards...it should loop the other way....the way it is will tend to try and push it off when the screw is tightened....looping it the other way will tend to draw it in when tightened.

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