Backstab repair

Old 02-11-04, 08:04 AM
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Backstab repair

I have recently remodeled my kitchen and was replacing the receptacles along the counter top. The receptacles are wired as split circuits. Most boxes had two 14/3 cables entering the box (in Canada, 14/3 is code). The electrician had red and black wires attached to both the terminal screws AND the backstab holes on the back of the receptacle.

From what I have read here, I have not used the backstabs when I replaced them. I connected the reds together and the blacks together, then ran pigtails to the receptacles.

Is this a superior connection to what was originally there?

Old 02-11-04, 08:11 AM
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Yes, as long as you made good connections, it is superior to the original backstabbed installation.

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