Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The monkey face
Trucks of Art:
Very Unique, a Kaiser Frazier Truck
But for today:
… The monkey face that is how I remember the correct mounting for an outlet.
This is wrong, according to me.
The outlet will operate properly either way, but I like consistency. Wiring a home I did them all showing a monkey face. For many years now, the common blade on our electrical plugs is wider than the other (The right eye). You do not need to know that. All we need to know is you cannot plug it is backwards. LOL
Now this jewel is called a GFI, (Ground Fault Indicator). They are used any place water is encountered. This blog entry came about when sitting in the Dr’s office I noticed one of the GFI outlets upside down. LOL
The GFI outlet is more expensive, so we used as few as possible. Since the kitchen and bathroom require a GFI, to save money we tie an outside outlet to one of those. It works like the domino theory. When the GFI trips in the kitchen the outlets behind it fall also. So someday when an outside outlet does not work, you should check to see if a GFI in the kitchen or bathroom is tripped.
Many people have paid for a trouble call for this reason. Each outlet attached to a GFI should be labeled. The GFI senses water or dampness between the ground and hot, and trips immediately when incidents like a hairdryer or electric shaver is dropped into a bathtub or sink. A person may get a jolt, but not enough to hurt.
Building sites have a temp power source requiring a GFI. I once had a neighborhood dog that liked to chew on my power cord. I would run him off but he would sneak back. Once in the rain he chewed into the hot wire. I happened to be watching, his tail went between his legs and he yelped, he never came back. Without the GFI he would have been electrocuted.
PS: Most kitchens have more than one outlet, They are all usually controlled by one GFI. So if one goes they all go. Resetting the GFI usuallly cures the problem.
PS2.... LOL I just knew you would love this. hahahaha Sorry it was on my mind. At least the truck is something you have never seen! ;-O