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Old 09-15-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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would an older outlet a bakelite without ground have the same wire orientaion as a new outlet? The old does not seem to have a brass colored side both sides look the same so if I put in a new outlet and put the L side and R side wires from the old onto the L and R side of the new this should be ok right? Just want to make sure the polarity is the same with old and new outlets.

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would an older outlet a bakelite without ground have the same wire orientaion as a new outlet? The old does not seem to have a brass colored side both sides look the same so if I put in a new outlet and put the L side and R side wires from the old onto the L and R side of the new this should be ok right? Just want to make sure the polarity is the same with old and new outlets.

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Don't rely on the old outlet wiring test which is hot and which is neutral

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Don't rely on the old outlet wiring test which is hot and which is neutral
ok thanks! I do not have a meter what is the best way to test?
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ok thanks! I do not have a meter what is the best way to test?
go buy a meter.
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Most likely you will have to run an extension cord from a known, correctly wired receptacle, this way you have a reference point on testing the existing conductors.
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A two prong receptacle i.e. with no ground pin hole, and both slots the same size, has no rule as to which side is hot and which side is neutral.

It is better not to reuse such receptacles but instead get new "polarized" two prong receptacles whose neutral slot is slightly larger. (If you are ready to restring the branch circuit with grounded cables or add ground fault circuit interrupter protection then you can upgrade to 3 prong receptacles.

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