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Plug Won't Stay In Outlet
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  1. Chad Lane

    Chad Lane5 hours ago

    Taping wire nuts is the first sign of an amateur. There is nothing more frustrating to come across when adding to existing circuits

  2. Cory Williams

    Cory Williams9 hours ago

    no offense, but it just seems dumb to wrap receptacles with electrical tape and messy and a total pain in the ass and a waste of time...did I say dumb

  3. Robert Hansen

    Robert Hansen10 hours ago

    Using the pigtails also allows the current to flow downstream in case the outlet fails making it easier to detect the bad outlet

  4. razzix2

    razzix210 hours ago

    Unfortunately, the only outlet failures I have ever had (even crappy cheap residential grade outlets) have been stabbed.

  5. Ste McS

    Ste McS11 hours ago

    Wrapping the outlet is unnecessary, useless, and a waste of good electrical tape. If you are wrapping because you are worried or afraid, you shouldn't be near anything electrical.

  6. Brian Haahr

    Brian Haahr11 hours ago

    Ps your gfci outlet has plastic protection from grounding on the box

  7. Brian Haahr

    Brian Haahr11 hours ago

    Don't ever use "electrical tape" unless pulling wire ps I'm an inspector ill fail your ass

  8. Hellwish Presley

    Hellwish Presley11 hours ago

    Good way to trap condensation??

  9. Roadshowe Run

    Roadshowe Run11 hours ago

    I'm not sure this comment is going to help your explain of Hospital vs Commercial. I am not a licensed electrician. I did work in a hospital setting for 38 years in a IT role. To my point, "RED" receptacles in a hospital setting (my hospital) meant it was emergency power (EP). On the hospital floor only the RED receptacles are coming up (staying up) if utility power has dropped. I don't know if the non-RED receptacles were "$6". They look like $2 commercial receptacles. And yes, from an IT perspective we knew where our equipment was plugged in. Every Tuesday at 5:30AM the hospital would do a "genset test". Yep, all EP powered receptacles were going to "bounce" when the genset was cut over. For the next 15 minutes the EP receptacles were going to be on "soft power".

  10. chris20002009200050

    chris2000200920005011 hours ago

    You shouldn't do that because electricity could burn the tape and cause the inside wall on fire.

  11. MonkeyJedi99

    MonkeyJedi9912 hours ago

    I was always told that electrical tape was for making band-aids (not anything electrical), and duct tape was for temporary fixes of boots, pants, gloves, lunch boxes.... anything but ducts.

  12. Ronald Treitner

    Ronald Treitner12 hours ago

    if you're taping everything you are just doing a sloppy job and making an unwanted mess the next guy is going to have to fix. learn to do it the right way and don't listen to half-ass hacks.

  13. Charles Thronesbery

    Charles Thronesbery12 hours ago

    The 1980’s had some good things. Lionel Richie, big hair and teen rom/com movies. But shower doors was not one of them.

  14. Bruce Latulip

    Bruce Latulip12 hours ago

    I ALL WAYS Fart while doing a head stand so ass up 4 me!!!!

  15. Bill Mears

    Bill Mears13 hours ago

    I was told that ground up was done to indicated that it was a switched outlet.

  16. EFD620G

    EFD620G13 hours ago

    175.00 For that much you could have purchased a torch and allot of fittings and learned to solder.....DUMB!

  17. Vito Guerrero

    Vito Guerrero13 hours ago

    I tape mine do to small lizards, they can get into/live in conduit and ground your outlets.

  18. Robert Macchia

    Robert Macchia13 hours ago

    M

  19. Khang Xiong

    Khang Xiong13 hours ago

    Hmm I've often used electric tape over wire nuts. But I do the pull test before wrapping it up. My reason is not to hold wire in place, but for extra safety of any sparks that may possibly occur.

  20. P F

    P F13 hours ago

    UH... this guy is NOT an electrician! Do not listen to him for any serious electrical issues. Instead, find a good, experienced electrician to do the work for you. As the trades go, electricians in general treat their profession far more seriously and are far less likely to cut corners as electrical goofs and sub-standard practices lead to seriously bad issues. There is a reason the material in the NEC bible is often referred to as fire code -- electrical problems can and do cause most house fires. and most electrical fires result from people doing their own electrical work. Electricians have the longest apprenticeship of all the trades because there is SO much to know and to ingrain safe practices in the apprentices. Be safe, hire licensed, bonded electricians/ This choice may save your life! And remember, always put the outlet in with ground prong on top!

  21. Joseph Lo Re

    Joseph Lo Re13 hours ago

    Why not explain what's code and not code?

  22. Andrew Cortese

    Andrew Cortese13 hours ago

    What’s more of an issue is the fact you did not install a proper ground onto your new outlet

  23. Oldhogleg

    Oldhogleg13 hours ago

    That was no "professional" that did that funky receptacle installation, that was obviously done by one of the General Contractor's General labors to cut costs.

  24. Richard Dennis

    Richard Dennis14 hours ago

    I think it's more of a personal preference. I do sometimes, other times not.

  25. choim dachoim

    choim dachoim14 hours ago

    Your survey totals only add up to 99%.

  26. JackTannehillPromoter

    JackTannehillPromoter14 hours ago

    I would not want my refrigerator to be on a GFCI protected run. Ideally it should be on it's own circuit.

  27. bill hill

    bill hill14 hours ago

    Not worth it. I would rather replace a receptacle a few times over time if needed than pay 10 times the price.

  28. neutrodyne

    neutrodyne14 hours ago

    I don't like the push-in design outlets but I have seen some outlets that only have the push-in holes and do not have any screws to put the wires under.

  29. Robert Williams

    Robert Williams14 hours ago

    I worked with a guy that did that. Said it prevented getting shocked. TURN THE POWER OFF FIRST!

  30. Atsard- Dali

    Atsard- Dali14 hours ago

    Great, now all I have to do is a line or two of Meth, and my whole house’s Grout will be clean...

  31. WhatWho Me

    WhatWho Me14 hours ago

    I have seen some AC adapters that fall out when the outlet is upside down. Then there is the upside down nightlight issue. If I went to buy a house and the outlets were all ground up, the would be a deal breaker.

  32. ilovefunnyamv2nd

    ilovefunnyamv2nd14 hours ago

    I dont add electrical tape unless theres an issue, or Im worried there could be an issue. Timers, Dimmers, GFCIs, USB Power all seem to push the size limit and encrouch on the next unit in the gang. I've got a few switches replaced that barely fit inside the receptical. Tripped the breaker on first power-on.

  33. flysandman

    flysandman14 hours ago

    I will wrap receptacles or switchers if and only if the box is metal AND the tolerances are extremely tight. As for wire nuts, I never wrap them unless they are going into a very damp environment AND I don't have any that are designed for that environment. The most common problem I have seen with wire nuts (both professional and DIY installers) is the use of wire nuts that are too big for the application. This I see so often it is actually sort of horrifying.

  34. rlsparky701

    rlsparky70115 hours ago

    You said you are dealing with #12 wire so is this a 20amp circuit or a 15amp Circuit? If it is a 20amp circuit you should be installing a 20a outlet, just my quick analysis, nice work either way.

  35. Jason Popielarczyk

    Jason Popielarczyk15 hours ago

    There was one person in the history of the world who dropped a metal object on a ground down outlet. They decided to confuse the world (or at least the US).

  36. Jesse S

    Jesse S15 hours ago

    Why does the tape not melt or catch fire when wrapped around the outlet?

  37. RScottsman

    RScottsman15 hours ago

    I have an endcap kit and was wondering how flush I should cut the countertop to the end of the cabinets so that a refrigerator can fit in the void space. Secondly, I was thinking of using 3/4" x 2.5" PVC boards as endstrips to raise the height of the laminate countertops so the drawers will open. Do you know if the glue will work on PVC boards?

  38. Dat Boy

    Dat Boy15 hours ago

    Wow I never hear a USlikes say to dislike his video. You certainly are just trying to teach not just about money etc.

  39. Patrick Kerner

    Patrick Kerner15 hours ago

    Yes!

  40. J. Morrison

    J. Morrison15 hours ago

    I see it as which way will cords be used most. For appliances / gadgets that are above the outlet with the cords going down to the outlet, I prefer the ground down. Which can be at time somewhat interchangeable. BUT, when cords are run from below as along the floor, the the ground should be on top. Why? Because of the cord shape. Notice the more rigid , triangular ground side vs the flatter and more pliable section of the cord. At this angle the cords are easier to 'face' downward. Cords running along the floor/bottom edge of the wall, will have less bend resistance. If ground is down and your cord runs along that same lower path, it will have the tendency to want to go up before settling downward. Did I explain that clearly?

  41. FaZe RaheemKing

    FaZe RaheemKing16 hours ago

    I fix the problem fast and simple, after I finished my mom thought I was a plumber 🤦🏿‍♂️🤣🤣. This is the best video without a complex explanation that no one can do thank you for not having the complexity in this video because I would've totally messed up my sink🤦🏿‍♂️😂😂

  42. IVAN IVONOVICH

    IVAN IVONOVICH16 hours ago

    The holes in the plugs are there from when the plug is manufactured so as to hold the metal prongs in place while the plastic part is molded around it... Or so I have been told.

  43. SINGULAR SEEKER

    SINGULAR SEEKER16 hours ago

    Cool

  44. Fritz Miller

    Fritz Miller16 hours ago

    No. No. No. ....... No. The device and the installation of the device has been tested and proven .... adding tape is ridiculous. Yes, I am a Master Electrician and have been self employed for 22 years.

  45. Roman Wojtow

    Roman Wojtow16 hours ago

    Good video. My tip would be to leave much more wire at every location. It drives me crazy when I open up a box and only find about 3" of wire. Very difficult to work with.

  46. jbbass58

    jbbass5816 hours ago

    I wrap switches and receptacles but NEVER use black tape. Leaves a sticky mess. Any other color is fine.

  47. steve perry

    steve perry16 hours ago

    i had to replace some outlets in an old track house from the 50's that had BX wire and i did tape a lot of them, it was a tight fit with short wires.

  48. William Prince

    William Prince16 hours ago

    It's literally the first line of defense against everything. Short circuit. Getting shocked. Etc. I wrap ALL outlets AND switches. Guards - at minimum - against shorting by a ground out against the hot (or even neutral, so that no current is carried constantly on the ground). But yeah, you don't want the end stretched. That's why I pull it back up, let it retract and reapply it. Not difficult. (I can't even finish watching this. It's contrary to common sense. Don't wrap wires under wire nuts before you're finished and have made sure everything is secured).

  49. Glen Martin

    Glen Martin16 hours ago

    Thank you.

  50. D S

    D S16 hours ago

    Excellent video.

  51. Eric Rohloff

    Eric Rohloff16 hours ago

    The ground is down the world around.

  52. Richard Stockwell

    Richard Stockwell16 hours ago

    there is code on the # of wires in the in the box you need to size the box too

  53. Jim K

    Jim K16 hours ago

    I do this every time I’m replacing an outlet for myself or guiding a friend. I’ve had the basic residential grade outlets fall apart in my hands as I pull them to replace them. of note, the technician wiring the connection is a key component to a safe and reliable install. (Note that I didn’t say electrician since some unlicensed people do their own work or work for others). That said, I’ve seen some ugly work from electricians where insulation was heavily damaged inside the box and it was ignored when the outlet was installed and wasn’t caught by the inspector. The amount of work to correct that during the construction phase is significantly less than the work required to correct it after drywall, paint, and trim is completed. It’s pretty irritating to follow any technician who didn’t do it right. Warning: If you open up a box to replace a switch, outlet or light and the wiring looks wrong; best thing is to get a good electrician to fix it unless you are very experienced, working with electricity is the wrong time to suddenly get hutzpah. I’ve seen the builder team cut and short the hot with HVAC strapping then, to “correct it”, they use the neutral for the hot and the ground for the neutral. Left a really ugly scenario where it’s likely the duct work was hot every time the light was on. 20 years later, I find it when replacing the light. That was a long day rewiring that location in the house.

  54. awizardalso

    awizardalso17 hours ago

    When I installed outlets in my basement workshop I did use metal boxes and I did wrap the outlets with black electrical tape. Even though I did connect the wires properly, I was concerned that it may be possible that the screws could touch the box.

  55. John Raddish

    John Raddish17 hours ago

    Most refrigerators and Window air conditioners have the flat plug with the ground down. Why? They must know something!!

  56. Robert Green

    Robert Green17 hours ago

    Twist your joints before you install wire nuts. No loose joints no need for tape. Tape all devices. Save the next guy.

  57. Paul Maxwell

    Paul Maxwell17 hours ago

    I'm a retired Canadian building systems technologist with an electrical ticket. We use the terminals on a device (never the back-stab holes), screw in the unused terminal screws, always use pigtails, use linesman pliers to tightly twist all conductors together BEFORE using a wire nut, and twist those wire nuts on tight. We NEVER use electricians tape on wire nuts or around a device such as a receptacle; it looks like the work of an amateur. My inspector friends rarely ever see someone do that but if they do they always roll their eyes. That job gets extra scrutiny because the guy is obviously not a professional. I spent twenty years in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

  58. Bill Mankin

    Bill Mankin17 hours ago

    For single gang metal boxes, I use an extender insert instead. More expensive, but less hassle and less mess if I ever need to remove the tape. Also less chance of failure.

  59. Ky Plummer

    Ky Plummer17 hours ago

    I agree though it’s not 100% necessary to take the wire nuts when it is time consuming and a pain in the ass and if you trim your insulation to the right length you won’t have any expose copper to deal with

  60. Michael Patterson

    Michael Patterson17 hours ago

    I was a kid in the 60’s and remember that cloth electrical tape and yes, it was messy. It always left your hands dirty and sticky.

  61. Drunkinllama

    Drunkinllama17 hours ago

    Just spread the prongs. 3 sec. Fix. Done.

  62. Ky Plummer

    Ky Plummer17 hours ago

    Pull test first

  63. Ky Plummer

    Ky Plummer17 hours ago

    Taping the wire nuts should be only an outdoor locations it does keep some moisture out but they always end up unwrapping or deteriorating overtime,It does kind of create a pain in the butt to undo but if you leave enough wire there are some other options

  64. Ky Plummer

    Ky Plummer17 hours ago

    It’s funny I recently commented this on your video and now it’s in my suggestions the reason I feel you should wrap them is because the covers frequently break off completely when people dirt cords out or bump into them then you will have exposed parts at a child’s level is very easy to grab those sides and electrocute yourself even an inexperienced homeowner might even just grab the side to try to pull it out not knowing better,I feel like the added protection is worth it

  65. Christopher Lewis

    Christopher Lewis17 hours ago

    In the case you are presenting, the screws are recessed into the outlet. Wrapping the tape in this case provides no value.

  66. Niall Quinlan

    Niall Quinlan17 hours ago

    Nice job.

  67. apathetically lethargic

    apathetically lethargic17 hours ago

    This guy needs to stop giving electrical advice.

  68. Flex Bender

    Flex Bender17 hours ago

    So why do doctors offices/hospitals always have the ground on the top ? Is it standard for medical equipment to be engineered for that ?

  69. Mark Heaney

    Mark Heaney17 hours ago

    The white wire is properly called the grounded conductor. A neutral is actually something different. However, almost everyone calls the white wire the neutral.

  70. George Bailey

    George Bailey18 hours ago

    earthing is important and if tape inders grounding uit could be dangerous?

  71. Heather

    Heather18 hours ago

    lol I gave up because it was too hard and started removing the screws one by one at 2 in the morning

  72. Margo Hollingsworth

    Margo Hollingsworth18 hours ago

    ok, stupid question.. we don't need plumbers tape on the threads of the drain pipe? good to know.

  73. Patrick Poe

    Patrick Poe18 hours ago

    Anywhere a layman might tinker with a switch or outlet and touch a bare screw sometime later, I wrap it up. This way, nobody's going to get hurt later because of what I chose not to do today.

  74. Fred Hargraves

    Fred Hargraves18 hours ago

    It is not a code requirement nor is it a sin to do it. I had my people do it for just a little protection for the next person who had to work on the device. Most of the time it would not be a electrician with more time. It would be a service technician, home owner, trouble shooter with out any way of turning off the device. I know that should be wrong but in the real world devices do not get turned off. As for a taping up wirenuts. There is nothing more frightening than to take a 1900 box cover off that is over your head and several wirenuts fall out on top of your head. All you can do it lower your head and hope nothing blows up. Yes that should not happen but it does happen. Take a 277 volt circuit and lose wirenuts. Faulty wiring yes, real world yes

  75. superrushfan

    superrushfan19 hours ago

    Where is your ground wire

  76. Free citizen

    Free citizen19 hours ago

    I am a master electrician with that said i totally disagree you yank it before you tape it !!

  77. ckhallock88

    ckhallock8819 hours ago

    Tape leaves such a mess after it gets warm and will migrate/move over time if stretched. I don't use tape just to get rid of the mess. Get rid if the wire nuts and use WAGO 221's. 😎