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Old 09-16-2013, 07:41 AM   #1
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I wired some outlets and was wondering if it looks okay. This house had very little wiring in it so I had to drill the holes and run new wire. Is the wire to low to the ground or anything else. Is this what you normally see in new construction?
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:56 AM   #2
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In that first picture it looks like the insulation is not up inside the box.
Not sure what your local codes call for but here we can use 15 amp outlets even if there's 12-2 wiring which can save a bunch of money and not effect safety.
Does that outlet that you have three wires running to have a clamp on the side for two wires or just a screw?
You can only have one wire per screw.

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The grounding hole is down instead of up. So that is correct.
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it looks like you have some holes through the toe plate. If you are abandoning those holes (or any holes running vertically through the floor for that matter), you'll need to fill them with foam or something.
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The grounding hole is down instead of up. So that is correct.
Grounding hole can go up.

Look at it this way:
If you have something plugged in and something hanging on wall above the plug. If plug is partially out and the something on the wall falls(like a metal picture frame) the metal frame would first hit the ground prong of the plug instead of shorting out across the hot and neutral prong of the plug.

Next time you are in a hospital look how their receptacles are oriented.
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Grounding hole can go up.

Look at it this way:
If you have something plugged in and something hanging on wall above the plug. If plug is partially out and the something on the wall falls(like a metal picture frame) the metal frame would first hit the ground prong of the plug instead of shorting out across the hot and neutral prong of the plug.

Next time you are in a hospital look how their receptacles are oriented.
Yea, Yea, Yea. This debate can go on for years.
The falling object could very well hit the ground pin and the hot side and cause a fireworks show!!!

The only thing I do different is run my wires higher and go into the top of the boxes.
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I see two wires under one staple. Is that staple rated for two wires. If not then it will fail.
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Looks fine. Better than some professionals! Good job.
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it looks like you have some holes through the toe plate. If you are abandoning those holes (or any holes running vertically through the floor for that matter), you'll need to fill them with foam or something.
Does that foam (or something) need to be fire rated? (I am thinking yes.)
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Does that foam (or something) need to be fire rated? (I am thinking yes.)
Good Point, Great Stuff has a fireproofing foam.
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looks real profesional! like jbfan said the ground up or down is an ongoing debate.
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I see two wires under one staple. Is that staple rated for two wires. If not then it will fail.
Why? I could use a nail to support my wires, is someone going to tell me I can only have one wire under a bent over nail?
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Why? I could use a nail to support my wires, is someone going to tell me I can only have one wire under a bent over nail?
is the nail rated for two or one wire?

Would Mike Holmes use a screw in this case?

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I think the OP did a fantastic job as well btw....
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Grounding hole can go up.

Look at it this way:
If you have something plugged in and something hanging on wall above the plug. If plug is partially out and the something on the wall falls(like a metal picture frame) the metal frame would first hit the ground prong of the plug instead of shorting out across the hot and neutral prong of the plug.

Next time you are in a hospital look how their receptacles are oriented.
Pretty creative scenario, no?

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