Electrical Outlets Houma LA
Home Depot #371
1717 Martin Luther King Blvd
6679 West Main Street
3051 Grand Caillou Road
LOWE'S OF HOUMA, LA.
1592 MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD. HOUMA, LA, 70360
1592 Martin Luther King Blvd.
The Home Depot
1717 Martin L King Blvd
Heberts Marine & Hardware, Inc
2248 Grand Coillou Road
Morrison Terrebonne True Value Lbr Ctr.
605 Barataria Ave
True Value Hardware
5780 W Main St
1315 Grand Caillou Rd Houma, LA, 70363
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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