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post #1 of 9 Old 03-31-2019, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Plug went bad on table saw.
Figured no problem easy fix.
Went to town picked up a plug and did the rest of my weekly shopping.
Plug is 20 amp one flat prong vertical the other horizontal.
Unbelievably different manufactures switch sides so i got the wrong one.
Not driving 20 miles just to exchange plug will have to wait a week.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-31-2019, 11:07 PM
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The receptacle is 20A 250V and the plug is 20A 120V. They aren't supposed to mate up. The sides are switched to keep you from plugging one into the other.

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The receptacle is 20A 250V and the plug is 20A 120V. They aren't supposed to mate up. The sides are switched to keep you from plugging one into the other.

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What's ridiculous is they should make the plugs a different color or appearance so it's not so difficult to select the correct part.
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I would be inclined to buy a new socket and plug of standard layout.
Looked very much like a UK three pin at first which is standard for most things. Our household voltage is 230V.
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I still think its ridiculous. I have another 220 plug with 2 horizontal blades.
It should be easier to match up.
That brings up another point every electrician seems to use something different.
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I believe that one would be a 15A 240V plug/receptacle. The reason the receptacle in your first photo has the T shaped slot is because it's a 20A receptacle but you can still plug a 15A plug into it. But you can't do the reverse if you have a 15A receptacle and a 20A plug. There's a reason behind all of it, actually.

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I still think its ridiculous. I have another 220 plug with 2 horizontal blades.
It should be easier to match up.
That brings up another point every electrician seems to use something different.
Electricians follow the code and use what it calls for in each situation, as has been explained you have two parts that were designed to be different for your own protection.
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NEMA plug configuration chart for US

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