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Friday, May 22, 2020


Comment on Code Question of the Day for April 23, 2020.

A comment on installing receptacles with the ground pin up or down. With a career in the electrical field, I have seen it both ways and in my house they are pin up except for the refrigerator receptacles because that configuration is hard on the cord. Let me tell you how I came to install them pin up. As a journeyman, I had quit my job as an electrician in August of 1977 to attend Engineering school at the University of Wisconsin. I was kind of mercenary when it came to a summer job and went to work for the highest pay I could get. One summer, I worked for Mundt Electric and Charlie sent me to finish a house that he and his brother Alvie had roughed. I installed all the receptacles pin down as I had been taught. When Charlie stopped to check on me, he said I had to take them all out and put them in pin up. I told him it was not a code issue to which he replied, "who's signing your paycheck". Ever since, I have installed them pin up and think of Charlie and Alvie when I do. 

Joe Hertel, PE (Retired)


Hi Joe,

Good to hear from you. Could not pass up posting your comment. Many of our readers can probably relate to this.

Thanks for the participation.

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