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Sorry, all wrong.

Posted by Brian (sparky) Wood. on February 26th, 2002 09:03 PM
In reply to Electrical Outlets - Rightside Up? by Dodgeman on February 25th, 2002 10:00 PM [Go to top of thread]

In all other civilized and not so civilized countries in the world (I've visited 17 and lived/worked in 7) the groung pin is ALWAYS at the top. Why? for safety reasons. No matter how the plug pulls out, the ground pin is always last to leave the receptacle, they are designed to do just that.

The main reason though, is that if a plug is partially pulled, and a metal object falls or accidentally finds it's way behind the plug (usually from the top, gravity you know) it will touch the ground pin, and not the live & neutral.

That's the real skinny, folks. Ask the designers at Leviton or G.E.

I love this place.

And yes, God Bless America and you all.

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