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  1. #1
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    Default Outlet help

    I have an extension cord that is flat supposed to be a flat plug to the wall as you see in the picture...Outlet help-20170831_090451-jpg
    To me it seems upside down and should be like the other as in this picture...Outlet help-20170831_090534-jpg

    So my issue is that I want the "backwards" plug to plug in the same as the top plug.
    I know I can't grind down the polarized side of the plug and I can't flip the outlet because I would have the same problem as I do now.

    Do I just not use the extension cord....?

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    There are no standards for outlet orientation. I've seen 90 degree plugs that go down, up, sideways, an angle, or are 360 degree rotatable. You need to look at it when you buy it to see if it goes the direction you want.

    Your top picture isn't bad and I have some like that. If you swap the cords between the top/bottom of the outlet, then the top one will go up and is nice for powering a wall TV or something on a table. The other one goes down, so it should be in the lower outlet. If they both need to go down, then buy 2 of the same extension cord.
    Mark
    Kent, WA

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    Ok, I have nothing that would need the plug to go up, so junk it.

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