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Label Tops of Electric Plugs

This isn't exactly a money-saving tip - it's more of an "annoyance minimizing" tip. It seems like every time I grab a plug to plug something in, I am holding the plug upside down. To make it quicker, I put a dot of red nail polish on the top of every plug so I can tell instantly if I have it the right way up.

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By Linda L. from Vista, CA

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March 21, 20110 found this helpful

Great idea. Wonder why I hadn't thought of that myself.

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March 21, 20111 found this helpful

Now this is a tip I can use!

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March 21, 20111 found this helpful

I'm stealing your idea, but changing it a bit. I'm planning to put the spot on the bottom of the plug! I don't have any nail polish, so I will probably use correction fluid. Thank you for thinking of it.

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March 21, 20110 found this helpful

Lindal, have you experienced a situation where the electricians have installed a receptacle upside-down? I have. No biggie, eh?

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And it's not a safety problem either.

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March 22, 20111 found this helpful

Love the idea. I need to do this with glow in the dark nail polish since it seems I am always fumbling in the dark to plug in something. Great idea! Thanks!

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March 22, 20110 found this helpful

I'm wondering why I hadn't thought of this, too. Now I'll add my own little twist: for me, a tactile bump would work better even than glow-in-the-dark paint or nail polish. (I don't own any nail polish anyway.) And, how about marking the top side of the outlet the same way? Then you'd just need to match up the marks. No more guesswork!

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

This is ironic because I was just thinking today when I was vacuuming that I need to mentally add this to my "Murphy's Law" list. It seems it is always the wrong way so I can use your tip.

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September 18, 20141 found this helpful

All electrical receptacles are installed with the larger slot on the left. So, simply look at the plug and plug it in with the larger prong on the left.

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If you have a plug receptacle that is opposite it is incorrect and should not have passed inspection.

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September 18, 20140 found this helpful

I don't think you "get it", Syntoniser. A spot of bright nail polish or white-out is easier to see than looking at the prong.... especially in the semi-dark. A quick glance, even without my glasses, is all I'd need. Some of the alternative ideas are great too. I think I'll use a dab of craft paint, maybe the scribbler fabric writer or puff paint so I can 'feel' the right way to put the plug in.

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November 24, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip. I do the same thing with my USB Cords. I mark them with a black sharpie on the sides where they're supposed to fit into the port.

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It makes it so much easier and you don't damage the port. Thanks again for tour tip. No nail polish here but I can use white out.

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