What exactly is a backstab connection


Old 05-05-03, 01:04 PM
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Question What exactly is a backstab connection

can someone explain it to me?

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Old 05-05-03, 01:17 PM
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you strip the wires and just insert them into the back of the outlet,switch,etc.

Old 05-05-03, 01:23 PM
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A backstab connection is simply a hole in the back of wiring devices, into which a wire is inserted and held in place by a spring-type clamping mechanism. Backstabs are not to be confused with backwired, which is found on most GFCIs and higher quality devices. With back-wired terminals, you insert the wire into a hole on the back and tighten down the screw on the side. This provides a tight connection far superior to any backstab.

In any case, backstabs should not be used. They will work okay for a while, but may very well be the source of unecessary trouble down the road.
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