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What side of an electrical plug is the hot wire?

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December 22, 2008 4:16AM

Looking at an electrical plug in the wall you will see two parallel slots. With the ground pin on the bottom, the slot on the right is the hot pin. The slot on the left, which is longer, is the neutral pin. Installing a receptical, the terminals on the back are brass screw to the hot wire and silver screw to the white. Brass, Hot - Silver, White, easy to remember that way.