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Forum topic by Blackfin29 posted 12-02-2018 02:32 AM 517 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackfin29

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12-02-2018 02:32 AM

So I have a tool with a 6-20 plug. Obviously wired to run 240. I have my electrician coming Monday evening so I thought I’d be a nice guy and purchase the receptacle in advance.

This might be STUPID question…

I received my receptacle and it’s this…so the arrangement is correct?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FPDKOI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Yet when I try to plug my actual tool plug into this receptacle, just a dry run taken right out of box, it can’t be done. There is something not allowing the plug to fully seat in the receptacle.

Is this normal? Did I get the wrong receptacle???

Forgive me if this is a silly question I’m just not an electrician, which is why I hire pros ;-)


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#1 posted 12-02-2018 02:37 AM

It should work. Leviton is a good quality outlet.

Not sure what it could be.

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#2 posted 12-02-2018 03:36 AM

A 6-20p & r should plug together fully. Prong bent?

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#3 posted 12-02-2018 04:11 AM

Thanks guy…

I’m stumped. As I look closer it’s clearly the upper left slot preventing the plug from seating. That’s the one with a sideways “T” slot, if that makes sense.

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#4 posted 12-02-2018 08:59 AM

Hmm …..
There is a locking 'L'6-20 and straight pin 6-20, is your plug a locking style?

PS – Grabbed the 1st WWW references I could find with pin lay outs to show difference in above links.
There is another side by side image in wiki for NEMA connector types.

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Blackfin29

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#5 posted 12-02-2018 01:15 PM



Hmm …..
There is a locking L 6-20 and straight pin 6-20, is your plug a locking style?

- CaptainKlutz

No Sir. If you were to look at the arrangement of the 2 plugs they clearly look like they should plug together. The locking (like Marine Docks) have a unique bend on the throngs to lock in.

Like I said.. merely looking at this recep and plug one would assume they are fine. I start to push the plug into the receptacle and it only goes 30% deep before something prevents it from seating.

Feel like I’m in the twilight zone here…

THANKS again GUYS!!

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#6 posted 12-02-2018 01:55 PM

I’m guessing it’s a defective receptacle. If it were a problem with the plug, it would be completely obvious (a bent prong, etc).

Try returning it and getting a new one.

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#7 posted 12-02-2018 02:14 PM

some brand new ones are very tight :<))

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#8 posted 12-02-2018 02:52 PM



some brand new ones are very tight :<))

- GR8HUNTER

So I’ve heard, honestly the guy at the supply house said the same.

BUT HE also said this is the 1st receptacle he’s ever seen returned because of this… Now this is a relatively inexpensive piece so maybe guys just toss them but this was a FAULTY unit!!

Simply would not accept my plug… Took a different one off the exact shelf and BAM she slipped right in!!!

Thanks everyone..

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