new style receptacles

Old 01-29-04, 11:10 PM
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new style receptacles

I agree with the previous thread about the problems associated with the backstab connectors but for a good while I've been using recpt.s that have a clamp in the back that tightens with the side screws. There's no exposed wire and it's really easy to quickly add or remove wires later. They cost a dollar or so more but so far no complaints. Has anyone had any problems with these?
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The commercial grade mechanical clamp style backstab receptacles are great. it is the spring loaded backstab type that tend to fail over time and under load.
Old 01-30-04, 03:16 PM
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Yes, those commercial-grade, back-wired receptacles are definitely superior to the 39 cent variety and the clamps in them will hold onto the wires much better than the "backstab" style receptacles. Just want to point out that even with the cheapo receptacles, if you make your loops properly, there should be no exposed wire. Either way you will still have the energized side screws, but a few wraps of electrical tape, for good measure, should minimize the possibly of those side screws contacting anything.

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