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Open the outlet boxes and see what wire goes to which side of the outlet. The black wire should go to the narrow slot side of the plug. Check ALL the outlets they may all be backwards or just one. Or that whole circuit may flopped in the circuit breaker box. The circuit breakers should all have black wires(or red) going to them.

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