The light socket next to my bed stopped working and the electrician says it's because both wires are positive. I asked him how it could have happened and he said he didn't know, it was very strange. Electricians of MetaFilter, what's happening here? [more inside]
I'm moving into a house that is almost entirely 2 prongs. Sure there are 3->2 prong adapters. But is there a safer way to use these outlets without tearing up the walls? Are there any relevant safety gadgets out there?
I'm shopping for shoes and clothes in Toronto and I am looking for outlet stores within TTC reach. I don't have a car so going to Heartland in Mississauga is a major inconvenience because I have no car. [more inside]
I am thinking about putting in a new outlet with some built in USB chargers where I usually charge my devices. Is this a good idea? Also, I have heard there is a huge difference in quality in these things but I have no idea how to figure out what to get. Anybody have any advice?
Here's the thing: I am a young adult who for the majority of his life has been intellectualising because he is fascinated by what he learns. However more and more I have been wishing I had a creative outlet, artistic or otherwise. [more inside]
I'll admit it, I buy a lot of clothes off the sale rack or at outlet stores. Too often, though, I bring home what I think is a great value only to discover, after wearing and/or washing said item, quality problems I didn't see in the store. Things like knits that are twisted and don't lie flat, shirt hems that are hopelessly contorted once they've been laundered, or buttonholes that quickly ravel beyond repair. I know these sorts of problems are inevitable given the state of clothing manufacture, but that doesn't mean I have to buy these "troubled" items. So, savvy shoppers of MeFi, what should I be looking for? What tells you to steer clear of a garment no matter how much you like it? Is there a secret code on the hang tag that everyone but me knows about? C'mon, please share your secrets.
I'm building a headboard and want to install power outlets. I like this little round pod that seems designed for my purpose with three plugs and two USB ports - but it is significantly more than I'd planned to spend. It also flips over, which I don't need. I've been hunting around for other similar things that don't flip at a more economical price but haven't found anything. Any insights from those with superior google-fu? Thank you!
In my kitchen, I have a plug that is about 7 feet from the floor, near the ceiling. It's directly above the electric heating unit, but doesn't appear to be controlled by said unit. The plug is recessed, but other than that looks to be a standard three prong outlet. It's live and works okay, but it's so far off the floor it's made me curious. Plug
Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin? [more inside]
Is there a web resource I don't know about for finding one-off or few-off outlet stores? [more inside]
WiringFilter: How do I safely wire up this switch/receptacle GFI combo? [more inside]
Please help me understand this bizarre home electrical-wiring problem, and how to fix it. I've got a mid-50s house. I wanted to put an outlet into the second bathroom, which has none, and it looked like the easiest way to do that would be to replace a wall switch with a combination switch/outlet (specifically, this one). [more inside]
Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas? [more inside]
Home electrical mystery: Why did tripping a circuit cause all of the GCFI outlets within the circuit to fail (ie none of them can be reset now)? How can I fix this? [more inside]
Alternative to this ugly heater outlet and online fabric stores [more inside]
How can a lightswitch that controls both outlets be converted to switch just one? [more inside]
Help me understand the national electric code with regard to rewiring and updating several rooms in my 1940s-era house. [more inside]
How the heck is this outlet 'grounded'? [more inside]
What is the best way to get a single outlet on this circuit? [more inside]
I have a former light switch that I want to convert to a combination plate where the switch toggles power to the accompanying outlet. However, there are some details that leave me uncertain whether or not this can be accomplished without a certified electrician. [more inside]
Is "J.Crew factory" the quality of J. Crew or the quality of J.Crew outlet? [more inside]
Our bathroom has a GFCI combo switch/socket where the switch is hooked up to the bathroom fan/light. It's wired downstream of another switch controlling the vanity fixture, and set up so that the socket is only hot when the switch is on. This makes it suboptimal for, say, charging an electric razor or toothbrush overnight, because that means leaving the fan on. What's the best way to change this? [more inside]
This switch/receptacle has been miswired for years. For starters, neither device had the grounding wires attached. I want to put things the way they should be. [more inside]
My outlets are not grounded, will using a UPS and surge protector be OK? [more inside]
I am not an electrician. But I'm poor, and I'm not an idiot. Unfortunately, I think I did something stupid when wiring a new wall plug; I accidentally touched two wires together, and now the electricity is off in two rooms. More electrically savvy people: can you help me? [more inside]
How do I make an outlet in my baseboards? I'm re-wiring the bedroom due to an untraceable short circuit (yay...came home from vacation to no power in the bedroom) and have decided that installing outlets in the baseboards is the best way to go. But, um, the outside wall is brick... [more inside]
Replaced a 2-prong ungrounded electricl outlet with a 3-prong grounded one, but when testing the voltage, the hot-ground only shows 50v, while the hot-neutral shows 120v. Any advice to fix this? [more inside]
Are there power outlets on International United Airlines flights? My mother is wanting to be able to charge her laptop on a plane ride to Bejing, and wants to know if she is able to either plug her laptop in on the flight, or bring a cigarette lighter power inverter in order to charge it. Does anyone have any input on this that I can tell her?
No power to a specific receptacle in the house. Changing the receptacle doesn't work. Now what? [more inside]
Shopping filter: Are there any factory outlets or good deals to be had along the I-75? [more inside]
My mom switched to land-line phone service through Comcast, but now she only has one working phone jack. How do we restore functionality to the remaining outlets in the house? [more inside]
Why is this high-pitched whine coming from one of my outlets? [more inside]
Are there any specific illegalities to purchasing clothing (e.g. name brand shorts) from an outlet store and then offering them for sale in a boutique that specializes in selling resort wear?
Pittsburgh/Grove City beer quest - my wife is going to Grove City for outlet shopping and I want her to pick up some local/unique beer. [more inside]
I have a light switch on the wall that controls both an overhead light and an outleft. I'd like it to only control the overhead light, while still sending power on to the outlet. [more inside]
Dell Outlet Windows / OS Refund. [more inside]
What's a good outlet for stress and tension that doesn't involve redirecting it towards other people?
What's a good outlet for stress and tension that doesn't involve redirecting it towards other people? [more inside]
Any recommendations for outlets and shopping within 2 to 5 hours of Toronto? We're aware of outlets in Niagara (but have never been) and are wondering if they're worth a visit and if there are other places worth seeing now that the US and Canadian dollars are at par. [more inside]
Coincidence, or a problem with a wall outlet in my new apartment? My cell phone and laptop batteries are suddenly holding charges for shorter and shorter periods of time. [more inside]
2 outlets & a ceiling light stopped working at the same time. None of the circuit breakers were flipped. What would cause this, and how can I troubleshoot it? [more inside]
I need to add grounding to an outlet. How bad an idea is it to chain the ground to the ground of another outlet that is on a different circuit a few feet up from that one? [more inside]
What kind of power cord will fit into this old EMG machine? [more inside]
Recommend a portable battery-driven power outlet, ideally suited to plug a cash register into all day at conventions. [more inside]
I need some new sockets to dip my prongs into. [more inside]
What is the difference between 2 and 3 prong outlets and do I need 3? [more inside]
How do you secure a plug so that even if someone yanks on the chord, it doesn't come out of an outlet? It does need to be POSSIBLE to get the plug out sometimes, and it won't work to glue/staple the chord to the wall, because sometimes equipment needs to be moved to another room. [more inside]
I have a electric (220v) dryer, but my new house is set up for gas, and the outlet is only 110v. I think that I have a situation where it would be relatively easy for me to install a new 220v outlet next to the current one without having to involve a professional. Does the scenario (inside) appear workable for the average diy'er? [more inside]
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