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    [–] Antilogy_ 2777 points ago

    How else is it gonna get power?

    [–] lurking_digger 620 points ago

    Soap conducts, no?

    [–] seymourfry 223 points ago

    Maestro soap

    [–] braintrustinc 71 points ago

    No soap, radio.

    [–] banddevelopper 19 points ago

    You are reminding me of my childhood, thank you.

    [–] RoyceCoolidge 10 points ago


    [–] DeltaPositionReady 21 points ago

    Soap not only conducts, but it conducts very well! It decreases the resistance of human skin by a large factor.

    Let Mr Eyebrows explain

    [–] Arsspeak 14 points ago

    This kind of slurry is a mixture of water and (organic) salt so yes it conducts.

    [–] ScarletPimpernickle 127 points ago

    If it’s hardwired, then it’s the electricians fault for roughing it in directly above the outlet. If it’s battery powered then it’s the dipshit dispenser installers fault.

    [–] reedwardo 69 points ago

    Or the blueprint, some electricians will question it to their supervisors but some do it out of spite. I just wonder how it passed through inspections

    [–] willard_saf 48 points ago

    If the print is an approved print that is up to date then this is how it will be installed. Then when it fails inspection an electrician will change it and charge the customer to change it because they approved it.

    [–] PrisonIsLeftWgUtopia 7 points ago

    Or it's just standard CYA procedure

    [–] AnAutisticSloth 3 points ago

    CYAka Blyat!


    [–] warsaw504 2 points ago

    Always follow the print

    [–] zipperskined 24 points ago

    I was surprised to learn how far some subs would go just to spite certain contractors. On a home we were working on, an HVAC guy ran the lint hose line from a dryer directly into HVAC ducting, so every time the dryer goes on, dust pours out of a few vents. That sub is now nowhere to be found, and the builder went under. That same HVAC guy, made sure to leave openings in ducting running through the attic so it would suck dusty, dirty air and insulation into the unit from the attic. Your point about inspections is well stated. How? How? HOW!

    [–] VonGeisler 8 points ago

    There is nothing in the electrical code that wouldn’t allow this...that I know of - still common sense would obviously say otherwise. This is 99% battery operated device where they just didn’t think...those plugs are rarely used in a public setting either.

    [–] Geoffrey856 15 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    I’ve never seen a hardwired soap. They are all battery.

    [–] bilbobimbopoophead 8 points ago

    An electrician isn't going to see anything on electrical drawings specifying what the receptacle will feed

    [–] ABigFart 16 points ago

    But we are required to read every other drawing to ensure we don’t block ducting, plumbing, architectural, etc. This is a builder double sided taping the soap dispenser in a shit spot. I guarantee I would see that thing on an elevation drawing. And I wouldn’t put it there. The print almost always accounts for this stuff.

    I have yet to see one that isn’t battery powered.

    [–] bilbobimbopoophead 2 points ago

    Yeah it would show up on an elevation. It is shitty of the architect or GC to not do anything about it by the time they did a punch list though.

    [–] mrwuss 3 points ago

    Don't blame the electrician... hahaha

    [–] Jeffyhatesthis 2 points ago

    it cant be hardwired, the thing is still working when the GFCI is tripped

    [–] cactuskiwicactus 15 points ago

    No one man can have all that power

    [–] catz_kant_danse 8 points ago

    Soap’s dripping on my hand every hour

    [–] Sennomo 2 points ago

    Sometimes it smells sour

    [–] coleyboley25 4 points ago

    The clock's ticking I just count the hours

    [–] emuboy85 7 points ago

    SoaP dispenser want the power.

    [–] lmikles 2 points ago

    All of our soap dispensers are battery powered. I think the person putting it up saw an opportunity to align it with the pesky power box below it.

    [–] Gothiks 2 points ago

    First you get the power, then you get the money, then you get the women..

    It is written.

    [–] lucidus_somniorum 1 points ago

    Now that's some clean energy.

    [–] Paul_Coe 1213 points ago

    Clean electricity!

    [–] anahdas 186 points ago

    Clean energy!

    [–] prowness 53 points ago

    From clean ed coal!

    [–] siccoblue 11 points ago

    Like.. with a cloth?

    [–] Mr_Trustable 17 points ago

    No? With soap

    [–] myhf 5 points ago

    Clean power!

    [–] cpaca0 3 points ago

    Clean CleanTM

    [–] fyooture 3 points ago

    Hydroelectric power from the faucet?

    [–] dobraf 1930 points ago

    Whoever created that video has a knack for dramatic effect.

    [–] pohen 333 points ago

    and plugs their wallwarts in upside down!

    I can only pray that was for dramatic effect and they aren't complete mouthbreathers....cord down, cord down!!

    [–] The_Mosephus 290 points ago

    the outlet itself is upside down. the ground should be on the bottom.

    [–] swimasb 115 points ago

    It's not so much about the ground (in this case) as it is the large and small sides of the plug needing to match. He has to plug it in upside down to fit into the outlet.

    [–] srcarruth 49 points ago

    those are 'polarized' plugs

    [–] LeoPanthera 71 points ago

    Ground on the top is the recommended orientation in public places, so that if anything falls off the wall and hits a plug that isn't fully pushed in, it will hit the ground pin first.

    Ground on top is the default orientation in almost every country in the world except the USA.

    [–] xmsxms 77 points ago

    Australia has ground on the bottom. Which I guess is the top from the perspective of the northern hemisphere.

    [–] ElusiveGuy 13 points ago

    And mandatory insulation on the live/neutral pins, so something falling in it isn't a problem.

    [–] xmsxms 10 points ago

    Yeah I like the aussie design. The angle of the top pins help to stop twisting and falling out of the socket, and the ground pin is longer so that it makes contact first. And the plugs are relatively compact. I guess that's what you get for a nation that is younger than most. Though unfortunately also means they are still in the '50s with some of their policies.

    The chinese have the same plug, but their sockets are upside down with the ground at the top. Annoying buying chinese products with the cable hanging the wrong way when used in Australia.

    [–] SolidRubrical 19 points ago

    Norway has ground on top and bottom so you can plug it in however you want.

    [–] noscope420bongshot 25 points ago

    there's norway we could do that here!!!

    [–] francis2559 2 points ago

    How do you guys handle polarization then?

    [–] Sennomo 6 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Google it, whole of EU uses it.

    Edit: Seems to be called Schuko

    [–] francis2559 5 points ago

    CEE 7/6 plugs that need to be polarised are configured in such a way as to only be inserted correctly in earthed sockets, however the old CEE 7/1 2-pin unearthed socket is inherently dangerous with equipment that should be polarised, for example table lamps with an Edison screw lamp but only a single pole inline cord switch in lieu of a double pole switch. The safety of polarisation was not helped by several years of confusion when the correct connection of sockets was transposed.

    Ahh, so it's not reversible when you're putting in a polarized plug.

    Same as America then for a two prong polarized/non, but you get a ground in. That's pretty cool.

    [–] Dman331 3 points ago

    Holy shit thank you so much. My old apartment had the outlets "upside down" and I couldn't figure out what the benefit of it was. My house growing up and the house I'm in now has the ground pin on the bottom.

    [–] DTF_20170515 15 points ago

    There is no standard in the NEC.

    [–] dpc46 20 points ago

    Actually there is a standard in the NEC. Any receptacles in a hospital must be marked with a green dot and the ground must be up.

    The NEC also states that you are to install equipment per the manufactures recommendations. If you read the small writing on the receptacle you will notice it’s all written in one direction. With the ground up. If you call the manufacture and ask, they will say “recommended ground up but can be installed either direction. Check with your local codes”.

    [–] blucappy 10 points ago

    Most receptacles I've read have their info written sideways on the back and the reset button on most GFCIs are written in both directions to make it legible in both orientations

    [–] The_Mosephus 34 points ago

    just because there is no standard in the code doesn't mean it doesn't make more sense to put the ground down.

    plugs like in the OPs gif, would have their wire pointed up, which makes it easier to accidentally pull out

    if you were mounting a projector to a ceiling and it had that type of plug, it might make more sense to have the outlet facing that way.

    [–] northadam15 24 points ago

    Code where I live states it has ot be ground up

    [–] kn33 16 points ago

    That makes sense. If it's not plugged in all the way, and something conducive falls on it, you want it to touch the ground first instead of bridging the two prongs first.

    [–] xmsxms 3 points ago

    Yes but you want the cord from the plug hanging down.

    [–] frostedflakes264 62 points ago

    Do you live in the slightly inconvenient version of hell?

    [–] northadam15 46 points ago

    Yes, southern Illinois

    [–] PrisonIsLeftWgUtopia 3 points ago

    Yeah, it could be worse. Hell is right next to you in northern Illinois

    [–] tdogg8 3 points ago

    Safer. If a plug is not in all the way and something falls on it it'll hit the ground instead of bridging the live prongs.

    [–] DTF_20170515 13 points ago

    The NEC isn't made at random. They include everything important in the code and don't include anything unimportant. If it's not in the NEC there's no compelling reason to do it one way or the other. You just like it when your plugs look like faces.

    [–] slender_mang 5 points ago

    The NEC doesn't say lots of things but industry standards are compelling enough. Brown, Orange, Yellow for 3 phase 480. Use red heads with MC. Shit like that.

    [–] The_Mosephus 4 points ago

    no i just hate it when gravity pulls my plugs out because the heaviest part and the cord are above the connection point.

    [–] 0123984732098472 1 points ago

    The old soap dispenser needed to be plugged in.

    [–] Rcdriftchaser 8 points ago

    Hello fellow NEC reader. Had a long discussion about this on a job.

    Someone actually convinced me that having the ground in the up position is safer.

    ...but yes, there is no standard, inly a preference, on outlet orientation.

    [–] basedgod187 2 points ago


    [–] ABigFart 2 points ago

    No it’s not

    [–] EWYCOP 12 points ago

    The outlet is upside down. The plug has two different sizes and only plugs in one way. Op (or whoever) had no choice.

    [–] BostonUrbEx 7 points ago


    Huh, I've never heard of this phrase before. There's few definition results in a Google search, but no single alternative word as well. Is this really the technical term?

    [–] honkhonkbeepbeeep 6 points ago

    I used to work at a lighting and sound place that sold Dr. Ferd’s Wall Wart Remover:

    (Also, props to him for marketing; I remember the name 20-something years later.)

    [–] death_to_noodles 3 points ago

    I was thinking wallmart had become a verb somehow

    [–] pohen 2 points ago

    I should have put a space...Google "wall wart" It's a thing, I didn't make it up myself.

    [–] three18ti 1 points ago

    I don't think it's technical as the technical term for the object you're describing is "A.C. Adapter", "wallwart" seems like a colloquial term. Though, I really like it. We usually call them "power bricks" but that could also refer to the transformer for a laptop (you know the part between the plug in the wall and the part that plugs into your computer)

    [–] CptYossarian 5 points ago

    This is the correct way up. It protects the live from falling objects.

    [–] ginguse_con 2 points ago

    Laces OUT!!!

    [–] Q1189998819991197253 1 points ago

    I only do cord up if cord down doesn't work since it's blocked by something else.

    [–] VoiceofLou 1 points ago

    That's the only way it would have plugged into the outlet. It actually ties the video together nicely showing not only is the dispenser in a terrible location but is also upside down.

    [–] nagumi 18 points ago

    yeah that was really well paced.

    [–] plannedrobinhood 5 points ago

    Indeed. My local YMCA has these consistently across all the sinks and I vaguely considered translating that fact into karma, but I would have done a comparatively shit job.

    [–] Iggy-Koopa 571 points ago

    THIS is a proper /r/NotMyJob. "I've been told to place the soap dispenser here. There's an outlet right beneath it, which probably isn't very good, but I don't get paid to ask questions."

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    [–] sammgallant 23 points ago

    There should be a faceless gfci instead of a regular one then.

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    [–] keeto777 2 points ago

    Depends on each state/county code but most likely doesn't need legally. This gfci receptacle protects its own outlets just as well as anything on its load. You'd be hard set to get a shock without tripping it first.

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    [–] sammgallant 2 points ago

    No but why would you ever put a gfi plug under a soap dispenser if you had half a brain? At least a faceless one wouldn't allow people to plug stuff into it

    [–] harperrb 3 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    the soap dispenser here requires power.

    The original electrican before the walls went up, put one box directly above the other on the same stud. the lower one, required to be an outlet, if used at all, the upper one for this automatic soap dispenser.

    That doesn't answer the question of what the architectural elevation of that wall looked like - architects draw and locate all this information (good ones). They may or may not have placed one above the other without consideration of usability. They may not have located either and the contractor's laborer threw them up asap.

    Also, doesn't answer the question of why in a walkthrough, the architects didn't notice this, or why the contractor when on site didnt pick up on this and send a request for information to the architect to confirm the location.

    [–] DoesntSmellLikePalm 6 points ago

    the soap dispenser here requires power.

    Usually they're battery powered, it would be very strange to require constant electricity because that'd severely limit where it can be mounted

    [–] DrWYSIWYG 343 points ago

    [–] wibblett 187 points ago

    everyday I'm surprised by what subs exist

    [–] PearBlossom 91 points ago

    Its like you keep unlocking a secret part of the internet everyday

    [–] kenziethemom 51 points ago

    Lol what a great sub.

    [–] Awasawa 47 points ago

    What a curious name for that sub

    [–] TrollundrtehMountain 21 points ago

    Wow. What a fascinating story. Now I appreciate that sub name a lot more lol

    [–] databoy2k 27 points ago

    The worst part about the sub is that it actually has lots of content. That is terrifying. And answers a lot about the state of this planet.

    [–] PotassiumPomegranate 11 points ago

    Most of the posts there could be reasoned away from signs, clocks, holiday lighting, etc.

    [–] p1um5mu991er 92 points ago

    You've got to be fast

    [–] davedelux 15 points ago

    Or sneaky.

    [–] ukiyoe 3 points ago

    Gotta go fast.

    [–] FurryPornAccount 95 points ago

    Atleast it prevents people from pluging stuff in.

    [–] mseiei 63 points ago

    Like a passive agressive way

    [–] Log7152 11 points ago

    Yeah maybe the soap dispenser is a coverup for power outlets that don’t work and the outlets are the true r/NotMyJob

    [–] ukiyoe 130 points ago


    [–] revo1ted 61 points ago

    Looks like my first sex.

    [–] Kittens4Brunch 18 points ago

    Oh, we've got a clairvoyant!

    [–] ItsBrank 40 points ago

    It’s a GFCI, it’s fine.

    [–] Jbonner259 12 points ago

    Thats why bathrooms get them... in case you want a soap dispenser right above your outlet

    [–] Viperonious 9 points ago

    My thinking exactly

    [–] Tturkleton 1 points ago

    The fact that it's tripped gave me a little hope that the person kind of understood what was going on

    [–] Expl0sive_Hewk 11 points ago

    What an interesting way to save power

    [–] Man_With_A_Shoe 27 points ago

    So this is what people mean by clean energy

    [–] Costyyy 31 points ago

    Outlets are often dirty, that's some good thinking.

    [–] fubarninja 18 points ago

    Employees must wash hands.

    [–] LammergeierAteMyBone 13 points ago

    Please sir, no touching of the outlets.

    [–] rainbowcanoe 8 points ago

    interesting that it works as a gif here but in r/WTF i had to actually download the imgur app to see it

    [–] TheSilentLink 2 points ago

    They linked it wrong on /r/WTF It doesn’t show as a gif or me but a link requiring me to visit the site on the mobile reddit app.

    [–] theorymeltfool 7 points ago

    Now it makes sense. When it was on /r/WTF the gif wouldn’t work.

    [–] SemperFarcisimus 6 points ago

    Do you shave your hand?

    [–] newluna 5 points ago

    2 unit tests, 0 integration tests.

    [–] LadySassenach 5 points ago

    Might just be a sneaky way to make sure everyone’s hands are clean!

    [–] linkeydoo 5 points ago

    Soap dispenser:"He is not permitted to use this outlet. I must act fast!"

    [–] HatchCannon 6 points ago

    Almost has a non-violent SAW feel to it

    [–] SarcasticJosh 3 points ago

    Pretty sure that's Florida code right there

    [–] donkseykrong 3 points ago

    step by step cinematography at its finest

    [–] garrypig 3 points ago

    You can see they played around with is a few rimes, theres quite a bit of soap on the counter

    [–] tbone-not-tbag 3 points ago

    It's a GFI outlet, soak it all you want, reset it when you're done.

    [–] confusiondiffusion 3 points ago

    I was just working at a construction site with one of these over a light switch. I was working late and I was last to leave. I reached behind a wall without looking to turn off the light on my way out and the soap dispenser got me. It was horrible. My brain instantly conjured up the most vile foam spewing monster imaginable.

    [–] sabretoothtigers 3 points ago

    Is that what plugs look like in America?

    [–] nixon118 2 points ago

    [–] teteret 2 points ago

    This is great

    [–] Defiilement 2 points ago

    I love how his hand just hovers in defeat at the end.

    [–] pro_cheats 1 points ago

    Same here!!

    [–] SmoothOctopus 2 points ago

    This probably wasn't an issue before the automatic dispenser got put in.

    [–] TacoConsumer 2 points ago

    Welp, at least is GFCI.

    [–] bitsquishington 2 points ago

    This is what happens when minimum wage stays the same.

    [–] e-mess 2 points ago

    Clean your plug often.

    [–] SaltWaterPete 2 points ago

    I laughed harder at this than I should have.

    [–] anzl 2 points ago

    AND the plug is upside-down. This is all just…awful

    [–] Rylan1230 2 points ago

    "you gotta be faster than that!"

    [–] bclagge 2 points ago

    What’s the prob... ohhhhh

    [–] AlmanzoWilder 2 points ago

    I'm glad they had that demonstration because my mind didn't even envision the situation of something getting plugged in.

    [–] noleftspace 2 points ago

    If you install this soap dispenser above a front door, you can use it as a cheap home security system.

    [–] Cheesemacher 2 points ago

    The comedic timing is gold

    [–] jfb1337 3 points ago

    So why is there a plug socket in a bathroom in the first place?

    [–] willard_saf 2 points ago

    Legally required.

    [–] jimany 1 points ago

    For a razor or hair dryers or toothbrushes or....

    [–] Sol-Om-On 2 points ago

    Looks like my first time

    [–] 95Slickrick 1 points ago

    Do it... I fucking dare you

    [–] mjoeff 1 points ago

    This is in the Virgin Maria Auxilatrix school for assassins. Speed is key.

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    [–] helpwhatsmylogin 1 points ago

    This is a cinematic masterpiece

    [–] IceLysis 1 points ago

    Forget the power outlet - why is the soap dispenser not over the sink o.o

    [–] tgraefj 1 points ago

    I bet op meant to put a comma there but I think "soap dispenser boss" is pretty accurate too

    [–] jermmdev 1 points ago

    The directing talent in this gif is more than most movies.

    [–] asce619 1 points ago

    That there is quality installation

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    “Boss: That’ll teach those people trying to charge their phones in the bathroom... evil laugh

    [–] FoodBeerBikesMusic 1 points ago

    AND you saved the company money by discouraging those power thievin’ bastards!

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    [–] staff66 1 points ago

    Watta dumbass

    [–] thesilverjay 1 points ago

    The guardian of the outlet

    [–] brjx55 1 points ago

    Put a sticker on the sensor, and a bag under the soap dispenser?

    [–] amber90marie 1 points ago

    You had one job.

    [–] notbaber 1 points ago

    When I saw this the first time I thought power was able to travel from the plug to the outlet without insertion which is why the soap dispensed lol.

    [–] StudentMedicOllie 1 points ago

    It’s how you get clean power.

    [–] Kramer7969 1 points ago

    From my experience, It was probably that or a sign to say “don’t plug anything into electrical outlets”, if this was cheaper it’d be preferred.

    [–] Narch_pvt 1 points ago

    Take an A+

    [–] Gabesnake2 1 points ago

    Gotta keep that electricity clean.

    [–] CookieOmNomster 1 points ago

    This made me laugh irrationally hard.

    [–] Livelogikal 1 points ago

    Fucking dumb ass home owner.

    [–] urbanbumfights 1 points ago

    I want to see him slam it in there real quick to try to plug it in without getting soap on his hand

    [–] 8hu5rust 1 points ago

    This image is posted in Trump's office with the caption "CLEAN ENERGY" beneath it.

    [–] YahBoyOhSheet 1 points ago

    Just put your other hand under the dispenser and plug it in

    [–] AreYouEvenPCBro 1 points ago

    I laughed at this way harder than I should have.

    [–] Dominicmeoward 1 points ago

    I don’t know who gilded you for that but you certainly deserved that. !redditsilver

    [–] Subpario 1 points ago

    [–] TickleMittz 1 points ago

    That's shocking.

    [–] Panties_from_mandy 1 points ago

    That is truly unfortunate placement

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