Install outlets (receptacles) with the ground hole either up or down. Both are correct. But be consistent.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2008
The electrical code allows outlets
to be installed with the ground
plug hole facing up, down or
sideways. It's up to you.
The ground hole is in the down.
You usually see outlets installed with the ground hole down (Photo 2). But it's no better than installing them the opposite direction (Photo 1). Electricians endlessly debate
this and vigorously exalt the
virtues of installing it one way or
the other, but we'll tell it to you
straight—it just doesn't matter.
Both ways are correct. The electric
code doesn't specify which direction
the ground plug hole needs to face.
One way isn't safer than the other—as long as the outlet is wired
It all comes down to aesthetics, so
install them whatever way looks
best to you. Incidentally, the ground
plug is typically down in the United
States, the opposite of how it's generally
installed in Canada.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
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