12 gauge and switches

Old 04-25-03, 08:23 AM
john wer
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12 gauge and switches

i recently installed some new light switches and always have preferrred to make the connection through the screws on the side rather than backstabbing, however getting the 3/4 loop around the screw is a real challenge(but once it's there is bombproof) as it is a real close tolerance between the screw and the switch body with 12 gauge. i wonder if the switches are designed towards either using 14 gauge or backstabbing ? anyone else notice this or are there some tricks to looping the wire to the screw that i am missing? thanks john
Old 04-25-03, 12:06 PM
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What do you use to make your loops? If you make a nice tight loop you shouldn't have any problem.
Old 04-25-03, 05:26 PM
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Hope this helps.

I bend the loops with the hole in my strippers, then put a "barb" in it by slightly twisting the hook. This gives your hook a nice catch point, and it should almost fall right under the screw. Im not sure if that makes sense, but i cant think of another way to put it.
BTW, I applaud anyone who takes the 3 seconds of extra time to use the sidewire screws instead of the stab-loks.

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