Electrical Outlets Fort Dodge IA

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Ferguson Enterprises
(515) 573-8143
2025 First Avenue, North
Fort Dodge, IA
Menard's 3134
(515) 955-3500
3319 5Th Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA
Electrical Materials
(515) 573-7166
1236 First Avenue, South
Fort Dodge, IA
Fastenal- Humboldt
1006 13th Street North Humboldt, IA, 50548
Humboldt, IA
Spahn & Rose Lumber Co.
(515) 832-2920
510 Des Moines St.
Webster City, IA
Farm & Town Lumber Co.
(515) 955-8531
Jct U S Hwy 20 & 169
Fort Dodge, IA
Fastenal- Ft. Dodge
3014 5th Ave South Ft Dodge, IA, 50501
Ft Dodge, IA
Plumb Supply
(515) 573-8161
1565 Cardinal Avnue
Fort Dodge, IA
Webster City True Value
(515) 832-6300
541 Second Street
Webster City, IA
Lampert Yards Inc
(515) 832-4490
2010 W 2nd Street
Webster City, IA

Wiring outlet types

An explanation of outlet types for the various amp and voltage ratings:

The standard outlet in home wiring is the 15 amp outlet. It has two vertical slots and usually a ground hole. One slot is wider than the other. The wider slot, on the neutral side, is for plugs that have a wider stab and are called polarized plugs. The intention is to make sure that the neutral side of the appliance is plugged into the neutral side of the outlet. This insures among other things, that the appliance is dead all the way back to the switch to keep most of the appliance dead when the switch is off. The outlet can be installed with the ground hole up or down, although there are some safety reasons for going with the hole up configuration. (more on reversed polarity here. )

The 20 amp outlet would be installed where some appliances might be larger and require the higher amp rating. A 15 amp appliance can use this outlet. But the horizontal tab on the 20 amp plug insures it must be used in only a 20 amp outlet. The 20 amp outlet has a horizontal slot.

A reminder here, this outlet must be installed with #12 wire (not #14).

When you get up to 30 amp outlets, you will find that they are primarily 250 Volt outlets. Dryers use 30 amp outlets. There are 3 wire outlets, for 2 hots and a ground/neutral. And there are 4 wire outlets for 2 hots, the neutral and the ground. New dryers/homes will have the 4 wire, the older configuration is th...

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