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  1. #1
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    Default Not what it appears

    Inspection today I found one of those multi outlet adapters plugged in. I tested it and found reverse polarity. For some reason I decided to unplug it to get to the "real" outlet. It tested correct for ground. The owners had another one plugged into the other kitchen outlet and I tested it and had the same results.
    I'm guessing cheap imported crap that had the wiring reversed.

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    Default Re: Not what it appears

    That seems odd. By chance did you check it with a two lead wiggy?

    Eric Barker, ACI
    Lake Barrington, IL

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    Default Re: Not what it appears

    OOOOOOOOOOOO! Not cool! Did you notice if the device was UL listed?


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    Post Re: Not what it appears

    Good catch, Jack! When I bring stuff like that up with local inspectors, I get told I am "over-inspecting"!

    Randall Aldering GHI BAOM MSM
    Housesmithe Inspection
    www.housesmithe.com

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    Default Re: Not what it appears

    Hi, ALL &

    Yep - found something very similar this week --> a power bar permanently plugged-into a properly wired outlet (pre-checked) & my Tester read "ungrounded" at the far end, so could only be that device [either loose connection @ the ground, inside, or improperly manufactured]...

    CHEERS !

    -Glenn Duxbury, CHI

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    Default Re: Not what it appears

    OK...the device is defective, but are we talking about reversed polarity or ungrounded (poor connection)? Both conditions were mentioned. Which was it...talking about the OP.


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    Default Re: Not what it appears

    I find reverse hot and neutral on the kitchen range outlet sometimes, it's not rare. Hecho en ?Mexico?

    Those adapters are property of the sellers I think. The only time I test them is if I can't reach the receptacle on the wall. Now you've got me wondering how many reversed outlets have been corrected by faulty adapters?

    John Kogel, RHI, BC HI Lic #47455
    www.allsafehome.ca

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