Why are these outlets upside-down?
August 18, 2009 3:37 PM Subscribe
HomeImprovementFilter: Why are all these outlets upside down?
posted by el_lupino to home & garden (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The house we moved into last year has lots of outlets in every room, most of them three-prong. The two-prong ones are clearly older, as well as a couple of the three-prong ones. The thing is, a lot of the newer (all three-prong) ones are in the wall what I would think of as upside-down, with the hole for the grounded third prong on the top instead of the bottom. The ones that are upside down look competently installed, but looking at them I would guess they weren't professionally done.
This doesn't really make much of a difference, aside from a handful of things built on the assumption that the outlet would go the other way, e.g. nightlights, digital timers, etc. Aside from the occasional annoyance of resetting a timer that's upside-down, I don't really care, but I'm wondering why anyone would do things this way. Is this some slacker home improvement shortcut that I've never heard of? The building inspector said everything was up to code, so I'm more curious than worried.