Electrical Outlet Orientation

electrical outlet orientation Electrical Outlet Orientation

We’ve grown up with the ground prong slot at the bottom of all the electrical outlets we ever saw but many electricians are now installing outlets with the ground slot on top which actually makes the most sense.

Some heavy duty electrical appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators have immediate-turn plugs which have the cable pointing in some direction. These outlets should typically point down or in the direction of the cable so it’s not wrapping itself around the plug.

But for most applications, orienting the outlet with the ground slot at the top will prevent shorts in the strange occurrence that your plug pulls a bit out of the wall and something metal like a utensil or picture frame drops down it will only hit the grounding and not the hot pin.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • GooRu

    ” the strange occurrence that your plug pulls a bit out of the wall and something metal like a utensil or picture frame drops down”

    Has that EVER actually happened?

    • http://www.charlesandhudson.com Charles & Hudson

      Who knows but why take a chance?