# Question: Which Side Of The Plug Is The Black Wire?

## Which wire goes to the big prong?

neutral wireOn cords of this type, the larger prong connects to the neutral wire.

Some three-prong plugs are also polarized, and when they are, the same rule applies: the larger prong connects to neutral..

## Which wire is hot if both are black?

If it’s 120 volts between the two black wires…. You most likely have a hot and a neutral. Now check voltage between each black wire to ground. Hot to ground will show 120 volts, Neutral to ground should show zero (or close to zero – in a large building it’s not uncommon to have a few volts between ground and neutral).

## Is the black wire positive or negative?

Positive – The wire for the positive current is red. Negative – The wire for the negative current is black. Ground – The ground wire (if present) will be white or grey.

## Why would an outlet have 2 hot wires?

The reason for multiple hot/neutral wires for one outlet is that the outlets are daisy-chained together. This means hot/neutral is only coming from one of the wires and it is being sent to the other wire.

## What happens if you wire a light backwards?

The fixture still works if you reverse the wires, but the socket sleeve will be hot, and anyone who touches it while changing a bulb can get a shock. When wired correctly, the socket sleeve is neutral and only the small metal tab at the base of the socket is hot.

## What happens if you connect the wrong electrical wires?

If you connect wrong wires in high voltage or high amount of current carrying appliances,then you have 99% to get short circuit and the components inside may get blowed, and you may notice smoke sometimes this may cause fire and also burst.

## Why does my outlet have 2 black and 2 white wires?

Since this one has more, it means it is part of a “series”. A “series” means there are 2 or more outlets powered by the same wiring and circuit. The other set of black and white wires goes to the next outlet down the line and that’s how it gets its power.

## What happens if the live and neutral wires are swapped?

If you’ve swapped the live and neutral wires then even with the switch off all of the wires and load inside the appliance are energized so it’s much easier to get shocked. … If it’s wired correctly then the screw shell will be on the neutral side, so safe if you accidentally touch it.

## Which side does the black wire go on a plug?

White (neutral) goes on the side allocated for the larger prong. Black (Hot) goes on the smaller prong side or white to silver screws, black to gold screws.

## Which is the hot wire on a 3 prong plug?

black wireThe black wire is the hot wire. It becomes energized as soon as you insert the plug into a working receptacle. The white wire is known as the neutral or return wire.

## Does it matter which wire goes where on an outlet?

For standard outlet wiring, the white neutral wire can go on either of the two silver terminals, since they are interchangeable. Likewise, the black hot wire can go on either brass screw terminal.

## Can Reverse polarity cause a fire?

Watch out: Reversed polarity on an electrical outlet is dangerous. If you accidentally reverse these wires the device you plug in to the receptacle may “work” but it is unsafe and risks a short circuit, shock, or fire.

## Will an outlet work if wired backwards?

If the white wire is connected to the smaller slot on the outlet, then the outlet was wired backwards. … Simply swapping the wires at the outlet would not be an acceptable fix. The bottom line is that reversed polarity at outlets is a shock hazard.

## Why is one prong on a plug bigger than the other?

Many appliances are wired so that only the hot (or live) wire of the cord is disconnected by the power switch. … By making one prong larger, the plug can only be inserted one way, helping to ensure that exposed parts are never electrified when the switch is off.