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Old 04-25-2016, 10:55 AM   #1
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Up side down outlets


Doing some maintenance work and noticed all the outlets are up side down. Why is this? I've always just seen them with the ground prong pointing down.
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I'm really curious about this I've seen it myself. I read once it was for ones controlled by light switches. Then I read it was because when the installer picked up the first one of the building he put it in that way. :P

I'm seeing them sideways these days too.

Am curious if there's anything meant to be meant by it..
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They're not upside down. There is not a code on which way the receptacles are to be mounted, but I agree, they are upside down!!

Some times they are mounted that way to denote switched outlets, or job specs require them to be mounted that way.
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There isn't a real reason for it. Some put a switched outlet upside down and all constant hots right side up. Some feel it's safer because they believe the ground is more likely to be the "first make, last break."
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It's so the electric don't leak out all over the floor !

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I install all mine that way.
So much easier to plug something in even in the dark.
Most plugs have a hump on the plug, why have to twist the cord to plug it in?
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I have heard one possible explanation
thou I find it a bit far fetched !
If something was to fall onto the plug
and get in between the plug and recepticule
then it could cause a dangerous short,
so they put them the other way around to prevent this.
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I install all mine that way.
So much easier to plug something in even in the dark.
Most plugs have a hump on the plug, why have to twist the cord to plug it in?
How often are you plugging stuff in while it's dark? It must be often enough to install all of your outlets this way.

It would drive my OCD nuts. Plus the screws have to go in the same direction as the device. Vertical device, vertical screw...
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I don't like 'em ground up because it looks like upside down faces. It's also why I don't like T-slots, I don't like my walls winking at me.
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I have at least one fridge that the cord would not hang proper with the plug that way. It would go up and then bend down.
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They're not upside down. There is not a code on which way the receptacles are to be mounted, but I agree, they are upside down!!

Some times they are mounted that way to denote switched outlets, or job specs require them to be mounted that way.
I remember an electrical contractor getting excited when he found one of his apprentices installing ground up. Turns out the apprentice just came from some medical job- there, the specs said ground up.
So the supt. runs off and reads his specs-- yep, ground up on his job too. Seems the apprentice was right- doesn't happen often...
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Who wants to look at a sad face.....I like the happy face
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How often are you plugging stuff in while it's dark? It must be often enough to install all of your outlets this way.
It doesn't have to be often at all. If one choice offers a marginal safety increase once in the lifetime of a plug and the other doesn't, and there's no significant difference in terms of the install, the responsible choice is the one that's marginally safer.
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I install all mine that way.
So much easier to plug something in even in the dark.
Most plugs have a hump on the plug, why have to twist the cord to plug it in?
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It doesn't have to be often at all. If one choice offers a marginal safety increase once in the lifetime of a plug and the other doesn't, and there's no significant difference in terms of the install, the responsible choice is the one that's marginally safer.
Where did he mention safety? It sounded more of a convenience to me.

But I will bite, what marginal safety increase does it offer and where did you find your data to come to that conclusion?

And I will counter. If you found out that wearing a tin foil cap would protect you from a 1 in a million chance of getting brain cancer from your cell phone can I expect that you would be wearing the foil hat? It's a silly assertion when there is no measurable difference as well as no quantifiable standard. What would be considered marginal.

Plus there is something to be said about the safety in a consistent standard. I would wager that consistent orientation (up is the current norm) would be marginally safer than upside down (not the current norm). It would be the same reasoning as making steps a consistent height with in a set of stairs and having a universal max height 7 3/4".
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Army house only the switched outlets are upside down. Actually been like that in my last 3 homes all 3 different builders so I assumed it was standard practice to easily identify the switched ones. Top one is switched bottom is always hot..... At least that's how's it is here.
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