Any problems with "cheapie" receptacles?

Old 03-18-03, 05:17 PM
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Any problems with "cheapie" receptacles?

I was at Menards this afternoon checking out some materials for a remodeling job. They had some grounded duplex receptacles that were something like .38, and I was just wondering if anybody knew of any problems with using them.

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You get what you pay for. Buy the better quality ones.
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Receptacles are easy to replace. The most economical approach is to install all 38 cent receptacles. If and when they break (probably just the ones you use a lot), you can replace just those ones with the $2 ones.

You can save yourself some trouble, but incur somewhat higher costs, but using all $2 receptacles to start with. The tradeoff is yours to make.
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Last year I bought a home built in 1980. I think they used the 38 cent ones. Had to replace them because they were not the color my wife wanted and most of them would not hold the plug in the outlet, just worn out. The vaccum would not stay plugged in.
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The cheapies are fine. Just use the screw terminals - don't backstab them. You could go with comercial grade receptacles in the kitchen, laundry, bathroom (20 amp circuit locations) if you want, but an electrical contractor wiring your house is going to use the cheapies all over.
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I use the cheap ones too and put some good ones where I am using them daily like work benches. I probably have between 2 and 3 hundred in service so it would add up. Many light loads are on them like phone equipment and charger thingys and never really have a problem with them. Severe service ones get a better product. My bud got me a whole box of removed ones from hospitals where they had to change them every year, used or not. Those are good. Many times in residential there are lots of them that are not even used, or just a lamp or radio on it and there are some used all the time. For 8 bucks a guy can stock a couple of boxes of replacements, but I have had great luck with them for the most part.

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