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Is it just me or does the installed upside down outlet bug the crap out of anyone else ?

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Maybe trolling, but they're supposed to be installed like that. That way if the plug pulls out some and you drop a knife or screwdriver on it,the first contact made is with the ground pin, no electrocutions just a funny smell. People only put them In the other way because it looks like a face so it looks "right".
 

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Maybe trolling, but they're supposed to be installed like that. That way if the plug pulls out some and you drop a knife or screwdriver on it,the first contact made is with the ground pin, no electrocutions just a funny smell. People only put them In the other way because it looks like a face so it looks "right".
That's the same reasoning I heard.
How likely is that to actually happen?
Maybe once in the history of mankind.
Still a bunch of bullshit.
 

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The ones in my home installed like that indicate that they have a wall switch. And it's always the upper plug that is switched. Bugs the hell out of me because 1. it's upside down and 2. you have to use the upper plug for a lamp or whatever and I want to use the lower plug to keep the cord closer to the ground. No real reason other than my OCD. ?
 

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Maybe trolling, but they're supposed to be installed like that. That way if the plug pulls out some and you drop a knife or screwdriver on it,the first contact made is with the ground pin, no electrocutions just a funny smell. People only put them In the other way because it looks like a face so it looks "right".
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I'm more worried about the metal piece hanging from the prongs. Can anyone say heating element/ fire starter?

Yeah...house is burning down by dinner.

Outlets “upside down “ are so if the plug partially comes out nothing can touch both prongs. It will lay on the ground and not cause any trouble.
 

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Yeah...house is burning down by dinner.

Outlets “upside down “ are so if the plug partially comes out nothing can touch both prongs. It will lay on the ground and not cause any trouble.

No, I'll still swing down and have a 50/50 chance of hitting the hot and blowing shit apart.

That's not a heater, that's an instant trip.

And yes, normal licensed electricians put the switched recep on the bottom, and ground down because it really doesn't matter which way the ground faces.

The shit I saw in Williston from "electricians" that came from states without a formal licensing program scared the hell out of me. Makes me wonder how some places dont have constant fires.
 
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No, I'll still swing down and have a 50/50 chance of hitting the hot and blowing shit apart.

That's not a heater, that's an instant trip.

And yes, normal licensed electricians put the switched recep on the bottom, and ground down because it really doesn't matter which way the ground faces.

The shit I saw in Williston from "electricians" that came from states without a formal licensing program scared the hell out of me. Makes me wonder how some places dont have constant fires.
Seen it happen at work, stainless scoop slipped off the shelf and landed on a shop vac plug half way out of the wall.

Walked in the department during lunch and smelt burn.

Shop vac plug was smoking and was like goo and smoking.
 
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Maybe trolling, but they're supposed to be installed like that. That way if the plug pulls out some and you drop a knife or screwdriver on it,the first contact made is with the ground pin, no electrocutions just a funny smell. People only put them In the other way because it looks like a face so it looks "right".
Relative is licensed electrician, recently replaced a broken outlet at my home. Told me new commercial regulation requires ground on top due to recent fire at hospital when item fell across prongs.
 

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No, I'll still swing down and have a 50/50 chance of hitting the hot and blowing shit apart.

That's not a heater, that's an instant trip.

And yes, normal licensed electricians put the switched recep on the bottom, and ground down because it really doesn't matter which way the ground faces.

The shit I saw in Williston from "electricians" that came from states without a formal licensing program scared the hell out of me. Makes me wonder how some places dont have constant fires.

First time I ever saw it was at my current office. Asked the general contractor about it and was told it was to show a union electrician did the work. Im in an open shop state with loosely enforced licencing.
 

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Maybe trolling, but they're supposed to be installed like that. That way if the plug pulls out some and you drop a knife or screwdriver on it,the first contact made is with the ground pin, no electrocutions just a funny smell. People only put them In the other way because it looks like a face so it looks "right".
In my experience (not an electrician) upside down outlet means it's switched. As in plug in a lamp, leave it on, control it with a wall switch.
 
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NEC has no spec on how to orient the ground in relation to the hot/neutral. Can be up, down or sideways. Only thing you cannot do is put a horizontal receptacle on top of something so it is "face up" in a dwelling (residential)
 

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Maybe trolling, but they're supposed to be installed like that. That way if the plug pulls out some and you drop a knife or screwdriver on it,the first contact made is with the ground pin, no electrocutions just a funny smell. People only put them In the other way because it looks like a face so it looks "right".
Total Bull Shit or TBS, not what you're sayin' but the reason for the stupid reg. If it was such a fucking problem they should have required all new installations use a twist locking system. How many times in a fucking year will there be any discernible difference?
I hate those upside down plugs especially when you plug in something that has the wire and plug designed to lay flat.
 

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Electricians will run the ground on top while they need a live circuit for work. As explained, it's to prevent something from falling into the hot and neutral leads while they are working. They turn it around after the work is complete.
 

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In the houses I've owned or rented, the ground has always been on the bottom. This is multiple houses across multiple states.

If I had seen one with it on top, I would have told them to fix that shit or no deal ;)