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Old 04-28-2015, 04:33 PM   #31
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I wired my entire house from the meter on and all have the grounds at the top. It just takes getting used to, but makes sense. The guy probably tripped the breaker before rotating the 50A socket. Most government parks have electricians to do these things.
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Old 04-28-2015, 04:45 PM   #32
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Not really commercial apps use the ground on top incase something pulls down on the plug then it somethings fall on it will not hit the hot and common. In fact my whole house is like that, I asked the electrician that up graded my whole system before we bought it, use to have wire and ball lines. Pulled all new wire and sockets, breaker and increased from a old fuse 50 amp panel (screw in fuse type) to a 200 amp. I don't know how old you are you might not remember that kinda of wiring....
I know the wire and glass knobs you post of very well.....

Anyway my post is based on what I know about residential wiring where the ground leg is down.
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Old 04-28-2015, 04:57 PM   #33
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Well, all the electricians I've had, always put the ground lug up for the reasons stated. I have encountered the old Knob & nail wiring several times. Electricians will tell you it is safer than romex as the two lines are separated. The main problem is most knob and nail wiring is 14 ga and not heavy enough for todays wiring. I never use 14 ga for any house wiring, 12-2 w/ ground or heavier depending on the loads intended.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:22 PM   #34
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Conventional wisdom keeps flip-flopping between ground up or ground down. The NEC (national electric code) is silent on the subject, except at one time they did require grounds on "critical circuits" in medical facilities to be up, to avoid blowing the breaker if something fell and contacted it. For whatever reason, that spread and became the 'norm'. But lately, its moving back to the conventional way. I'm guessing that electricians are getting tired of callbacks due to people complaining that they are "upside down".

Feel free to put them in however you feel, there is no right or wrong way. I myself put them in with the grounds down, as I have seen some electronic equipment with "wall-wart" power supplies that have polarized plugs (that only insert one way) where they would be upside down and more prone to fall out if the outlet was ground up.

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That's very similar to what my neighbor loaned us. I will be buying one when we get back home.
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I ended up buying a Camco adjustable step similar to what ependydad showed in post #13. It doesn’t take up a lot of room when stored, it is very sturdy (rated for 1000 lbs.), and each leg is adjustable to compensate for uneven ground. I bought it on Amazon for $61 and some change with free shipping.
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I ended up buying a Camco adjustable step similar to what ependydad showed in post #13. It doesn’t take up a lot of room when stored, it is very sturdy (rated for 1000 lbs.), and each leg is adjustable to compensate for uneven ground. I bought it on Amazon for $61 and some change with free shipping.

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