Proper wiring of house outlets


Old 08-28-04, 06:07 AM
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Proper wiring of house outlets

When wiring a household outlet to outlet what is the preferred method? Utilizing the 4 screws or pigtailing. Looking at the thickness of the break- away tab sometimes I have my doubts.

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Old 08-28-04, 06:32 AM
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Either is acceptable (unless you're running a multiwire branch circuit, in which case you must pigtail the neutrals). The break-away tab on the receptacle is able to handle as much current as the feed-through rating of the outlet, so I wouldn't worry about that. It really comes down to personal preference.
Old 08-28-04, 06:26 PM
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Receptical wiring, a matter of preference


I hate it when electricians use Kwik-connects (an electrician's dream). I think
that the NEC should have banned it years ago, not just on #12 conductors.

Simmer down there, Homer.

Electricians have their preferences. I like to run pigtails from wirenuts, with
all the wires twisted together tightly before I use a wirenut. Then I have
only to connect 3 wires to the receptical. The power that pass downstream
comes from the supplying conductor, not thru the tie (if you use 4 screws). I run mostly 20 amp circuits to recepticals and I use 15 amp recepticals. But I am not sure of the rating on the tie, but I expect it is 15 amps, too. This way I don't have to worry about downstream loads.
Say goodbye, Homer. Goodbye.

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