Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:34 pm

Richard S. wrote: grounds on top because it's code.


I"m a show me type of guy.....so show me! I'll bet fifty cents it's not in writing. Unless this is very new, I don't think code makes a mandate either way. All of my GFI sockets read both ways.
I was taught the ground should be down because if the plug gets loose, the last prong to lose contact is the ground. If the ground is on top and the plug comes loose you now have an energized appliance with no ground which I was taught is much more dangerous than something falling in and shorting out the plug & blowing a breaker. That is, what would you rather have, a spark followed by a blown circuit breaker, or an energized appliance surface that is not grounded?
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:41 pm

I always face them down. Here is one I haven't gotten to yet that is bugging me...good thing I rarely use it.

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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:43 pm

ground down...
although the current NEMA site shows all them up when using the reference photos....ground down for me unless the device plugging in it dictates differently if it will be a long term plug in...
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:48 pm

When I remodled my garage into a living room, my buddy put them in ground up and I put some in ground down. So now I have a variety of outlets in here lol. Personally, I like the ground down. It just looks right :hangover:
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:51 pm

I install ground up. My electrical instructor in college preferred up. NEC has no reference to this. Up to your own preference.
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:00 pm

I was told ground UP, it was because if the plug came loose and something metal fell against the prongs, it wouldn't short out. I noticed in our new building (2 years old) at work all the Ground plugs are UP.

Maybe a commercial vs. residential thing or area of the country?

I guess it's personal preference. I think either are acceptable, just be consistent. :)
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:12 pm

Every time something has been working well forever, some fat ass pencil pusher decides to change it because we the consumer have proven time & time again that we are a bunch of sissy ass sheep being led to slaughter. Ground goes down in my world with plate screws being horizontal. Electrical instructor??? he should get a real job & let things get back to OJT. Phew, I feel better, thanx for listening. :clap: toothy
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: jpete On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:48 pm

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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:11 pm

down on the ground...like a dog 8-)
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:15 pm

jpete wrote:This is the "proper" way to do it. :)

Here's the link. Slightly NSFW for those with sensitive eyes.


LMAO!!!!

When I built my garage in '07, I installed all my receptalcles with the ground up......I find that whatever I plug in stays in better.

Happy Easter everyone!
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:32 pm

sterling40man wrote:When I built my garage in '07, I installed all my receptalcles with the ground up......I find that whatever I plug in stays in better.

How would you know the plugs stay better? Since they are all the same way, you have nothing to compare to. :lol: :P
Sorry, just being a wize azz tonight. :!:
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:50 pm

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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:51 pm

Think about how you pull out a plug, thumb and index finger, thumb on top and index on the bottom, being (MOST) peoples index fingers are longer than their thumb, it would seem that would be more prone to going past the insulation, so ground down. I don't have any proof of this ,just my opinion, anyway, recptacles look better ground DOWN, more like a smily face :D
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:58 pm

I cut off the ground prong on all my stuff so it fits my extension cords. So it doesn't matter to me.
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: KLook On: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:13 pm

I cut off the ground prong on all my stuff so it fits my extension cords. So it doesn't matter to me


LMAO!!! I suppose you run them under the rugs to?!! Fun thread for sure. I run them ground down and my wife hates it. Thinks they are little faces looking at her. And good one Jpete! I agree with the theory that it depends which way the wire needs to run away from the outlet.

Kevin
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