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I read the CQD every day. We've been having a debate about the number of receptacles in a duplex receptacle. I say two because there are two receptacles on a single mounting strap. Others I work with say it's one receptacle because it is on a single mounting strap. Can you clear up this for us?
Greetings Tim Simpson, this is not difficult. On a duplex receptacle, there are multiple receptacles (contact devices) on the same mounting strap. So, the answer is two receptacles. If this duplex receptacle is installed in a single outlet box, then it is considered two receptacles installed in a single outlet. See the definition of Receptacle in Article 100 and the new Informational Note that follows.
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