Should I use 15 or 20 amp outlets?

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Because 15 -amp receptacles can be used with 20 -amp circuits, most of the outlets you see in American homes are the standard 15 -amp variety, with two slots and a U-shaped grounding hole. A 20 -amp circuit, protected by a 20 -amp breaker or fuse, must be served by 12-gauge or 10-gauge wire.
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