Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:01 am

I just purchased a 'Kill-A-Watt' meter to monitor electrical usage, and then I realized that the 120 VAC ground plugs in all of the electrical receptacles in my home are "up" and the meter requires that they be "down". The meter is nigh on impossible to use and read upside down. :mad:

Is there any ready made adapter plug that I can purchase (short of a power bar) that will go into a standard 120 VAC receptacle and flip the ground to the bottom?
Last edited by lsayre on Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:07 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Dilema: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:04 am

How about a three prong extension cord?
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:07 am

Rob R. wrote:How about a three prong extension cord?


That or a power strip will work, but I was looking for a tidier solution to my dilemma.
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:12 am

Have you checked the manual to see if the display can be flipped?
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:25 am

Richard S. wrote:Have you checked the manual to see if the display can be flipped?


There is no mention of this, but I guess I could have at it and see if I can flip it. An extension cord or power bar strip is sounding a lot easier though,
lsayre
 
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:03 am

Stand on your head.
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:28 am

Larry, fix all the outlets---3 screws & a twist--it'll give ya something to do. :clap: toothy
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:52 am

This wouldn't be an issue for me, I can read upside down. LOL
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:40 am

Take a picture with a digital camera and then flip it !!!!

Erase picture when done.






Rick
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:46 am

Rick 386 wrote:Take a picture with a digital camera and then flip it !!!!

Erase picture when done.


That is exactly what my daughter told me to do this morning!

I went ahead and installed it on my microwave, and I'm learning to read it upside down. It took 0.02 KWH to heat my cup of coffee in the microwave.

gaw, standing on my head makes me dizzy. :roll:
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:59 am

Richard S. wrote:Have you checked the manual to see if the display can be flipped?


I know I'm crazy, but I did take it apart and flip around the LCD panel just for grins. It didn't read (display) anything that way. Luckily enough it worked again when I put it back to its original configuration.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (It has been fixed!)

Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:07 pm

LOL... what I meant is there way to flip it within the setup menu or whatever they have. You might want to research it, you won;t be the only person with this problem.
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:14 pm

I'm blaming it all on the electrician who wired our house and installed all of the 120 VAC outlets upside down, but that was back in 1964, and I doubt they imagined and issues with it back then.
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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:01 pm

They didn't want this to happen:

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Re: Dilemma: My 'Kill-A-Watt' meter is upside down

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:02 pm

Just what did happen there?
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