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Old 06-05-2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Just curious,, it was mentioned around that when installing a 3 prong outlet, the "new" way was to point the ground hole upwards. I've heard its not officially code but you should do it that way when replaceing one. Point I'm trying to get across is that it seems with the design of power cords, this doesn't work right. I've seen plugs that are molded that dont' quite lay flat against the wall when placed "upside down". Curious about others take on this.

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I prefer ground down in a residential setting, since yeah, lot of devices and plugs are design to go in better this way and I'm just used to seeing it that way. I did notice in commercial settings they often put ground up, and it's probably for that extra safety, but the odds of something falling perfectly between the blades is slim, and even with ground up, if that chance did happen, it can still hit the ground and hot if it falls at the right angle. Either way the odds are slim when things are plugged in properly.

If you REALLY want to be safe replace everything with twist lock plugs. J/K
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My parents house have a few the right way and a few upside down . Frankly I think it's just coincidence and the person installing them just did whatever was easiest.

I tried just for kicks - when I replaced all my old 2-prong ones, they wouldn't actually fit in the box upside down, only w/ the ground plug down.
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