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Old 09-05-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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Is it a practice that when you have a GFCI breaker at the panel you install the electrical receptacles on this circuit upside down, i.e., ground opening up?

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Nope.

Ground up, ground down, how about sideways?

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An upside down receptacle is easy to fix, you just stand on your head.
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Code does not care about the position of the ground.
I have not that one about GFCI being ground up. I have heard the one about a switched receptacle being opposite to the others in the room to identify it as switched.
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I Prefer ground down as the are some devices and power bricks that assume ground is down else they don't fit or function well.
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Is it a practice that when you have a GFCI breaker at the panel you install the electrical receptacles on this circuit upside down, i.e., ground opening up?
A) There is no such thing as an "upside down" receptacle.
It's either ground down or ground up. Both are legal and common.

B) NO, it is not practice in any place I have ever heard of.
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I was on a project once where an apprentice electrician was installing them "upside down". It turned out his previous project was a medical bldg and they were spec'd with ground up.
Guess he didn't know any different....
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I just follow what is done in the rest of the house-------left to my own choice I put them in with the ground down--or to the right if horizontal.
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Either way it's still a receptacle.

I was recently inside a local bank and noticed they were all mounted ground up. I was surprised because most plugs seem to be more easily used with a ground-down receptacle.
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I deplore ground up mounted recepticals and refuse to use them.
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I deplore ground up mounted recepticals and refuse to use them.
so you only buy ground down receptacles?
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I will use the proper term from now on ... ground up or ground down.
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They instal them upside down so,
that the electric doesn't run out of the hole
and onto the floor !

Easy !
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Some guys still buy into to old "What If" tale of a butter knife falling behind a desk and landing across a loose plugged in receptacle.
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It can happen

well it was plugged into an extension cord not the wall.

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