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Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Comment on the response to the Code Question of the Day on 03-24-2020.

Thanks for the code question of the day. Great service. It is my understanding that the ground on any male plug cap is always the largest and longest prong. It goes in first and comes out last, so from eye level and below it should be ground up on the device and above eye level the ground should be down just for ease of use. If the devices are horizontal take your pick to orient the ground left or right. Once again thanks for the code question of the day.

Frank Burdo



Hello Frank,

Thanks for the comments. You've mentioned a practice that is not a Code requirement. Many have their own ideas about the "ground up" or "ground down" issue as a true requirement in the Code. They are all just ideas. Perhaps more Public Inputs will be submitted to justify this becoming an actual requirement. 

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