09:39AM | 03/19/02
Member Since: 03/18/02
2 lifetime posts
Shoud the outlet show the 'happy face' right side up or upside down? (As you can see I know nothing about this) If I plug in the hair drier, the plug is inserted upside down. Can I get this rewired?


12:19PM | 03/19/02
It is just a matter of turning the outlet over. No re-wiring should be necessary.
1. Turn off the breaker and check to be sure there is no power to the outlet.
2. Remove the cover plate.
3. Remove the 2 screws holding the outlet in place.
4. Make sure there is enough extra wire in the box that you will not put a strain on it when you turn the outlet over.
5. Turn the outlet over.
6. Re-secure the outlet and cover plate.
Turn the breaker back on.


04:33PM | 03/19/02
It depends on which coast you are on. Most outlets in the East are installed ground up, those on the West coast tend to be ground down.
If you think about it is safer to have the ground up. If a metallic object were to land on the electrodes of a ground down plug you would get a nasty short (hot and neutral on top). With the ground up this is far less likely to happen. The safest way to install (in my opinion) is on it side with the neutral side up.
I live on the West coast, always have, but am starting to turn Ground side up.


04:37AM | 03/21/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
It's harmless. Where I work the outlets are sideways. No harm done.


03:06PM | 03/21/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
OH ****, didn't we just go thru this on the fixit for'em??????????????


07:44AM | 01/23/16
There are reasons for the ground on top. No reasons for it on the bottom. If it's horizontal neutral should be up. If you don't like it because it looks "upside down" to you I assume you also hate the metric system, math and struggle with big words.


09:51AM | 01/23/16
Keep the ground down
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