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NEC
Re: Why do receptacles have a different hot and neutral side?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

I invented dirt right after inventing rocks because it was to hard sleeping on the rocks.

Jack............. I thought someone like you would be sleeping on clouds....:D

Ernie_Fergler
Re: Why do receptacles have a different hot and neutral side?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

I invented dirt right after inventing rocks because it was to hard sleeping on the rocks.

You should have invented the duck so you could "harvest" some down for a pillow......:D

canuk
Re: Why do receptacles have a different hot and neutral side?
1234 wrote:

But does the proper way even matter if you have an old cord where the prongs are the same size? As far as I can tell (from this thread), it SHOULD be wired properly but doesn't matter with an old cord because the cord can be plugged in either way. Am I understanding correctly?

You betcha.

Many vintage devices didn't have polarized spades and depending on vintage didn't have polarized marking on the cords ---- unlike today's requirement.

canuk
Re: Why do receptacles have a different hot and neutral side?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Unfortunately you are correct. I remember the old record players, if you got shocked when you touch it you were instructed to unplug, turn the plug over, and replug it.
Jack

LOL .... geez i remember that as well :D

Also thinking about the old tube radios and TV's with the " HOT " chassis.:eek:

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