Ground hole up or down?
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Photo 1: Ground hole up
The electrical code allows outlets
to be installed with the ground
plug hole facing up, down or
sideways. It's up to you.
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Photo 2: Ground hole down
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.