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This may sound silly and trivial, but here goes.<br><br><br><br>
I have had some electrical problems, and have found some solutions to them that I'd like to tell you about.<br><br><br><br>
One problem I've had is the problem of "transformer" plugs. You know, like if you have something that runs on batteries, but also can run on current, then typically the electric "plug" you have for it is a "transformer" plug, which is often a box that transforms AC current into 6V or 9V DC current, to allow you not to use batteries. (These are typical for things like cordless phones, tape recorders, PC speakers, and other computer peripheral devices.) The problem is that the transformer "box" is usually so big that it takes up (or at least covers/interferes with) more than one plug on the receptacle or power strip, due to its size.<br><br><br><br>
One solution to this problem I've found is the 6-Outlet Adapter, by GE. This goes over the normal receptacle and has a trapezoidal shape, like this /___\\ . So it converts the normal two receptacle plugs into six, two on the front and two on each side. It allows for three transformer plugs to be plugged into one wall receptacle, with three more spaces for regular plugs. I like these. They are very nice as far as I am concerned.<br><br><br><br>
Now, another problem I have found with outlets is this. Some devices, typically electric air fresheners, will only work with outlets that have the ground plug at the bottom and the larger of the flat polarized plugs on your left as you face it. The "scent" insert goes into the "top" of these devices.<br><br><br><br>
The problem is that all the receptacles in my house have the grounding plug holes at the top and the larger flat polarized plug on the right as you face it. Now, this is not a problem for the regular three-pronged plug, since you would just turn it to fit. But it is a problem for these air freshener devices, since they only plug in one way, and the scent packet would just fall out/down due to gravity in my receptacles, and in any house wired the way my house is wired (which is the way many houses here in Tennessee are wired).<br><br><br><br>
But one solution to this problem that I found is the Power Sentry brand 6-outlet adapter (sold at Target). This has the same trapezoidal design as the GE model, but the top three plugs have the grounding plug up while the bottom three plugs have the grounding plug down. So, for houses like mine, it would allow the standard scent devices to be plugged in "right side up" in any of the three bottom plugs on this six plug device.<br><br>
This would be very convenient for me and a number of my friends who have "grounding plug on top" wiring.
 

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unscrew outlet cover><br><br><br><br>
take out the outlet unit><br><br><br><br>
turn 180 degrees so ground is on bottom><br><br><br><br>
put back in><br><br><br><br>
screw on cover><br><br><br><br><br><br>
now your outlets are right side up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>troub</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
unscrew outlet cover><br><br><br><br>
take out the outlet unit><br><br><br><br>
turn 180 degrees so ground is on bottom><br><br><br><br>
put back in><br><br><br><br>
screw on cover><br><br><br><br><br><br>
now your outlets are right side up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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My uncle, who is an electrician, suggested that I do this. It is therefore a good suggestion. However, I'd rather not mess with this stuff if I can avoid it. So the Power Sentry adapters seem to me to be a better solution. I commend them to you and to everyone else reading this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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