Duplex outlet wiring


Old 09-18-05, 11:15 AM
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Duplex outlet wiring

Pretty simple question but I keep getting different answers.

For 120V duplex outlets is there a reason why some electricians connect
the hot wire of the load side to the top brass terminal and the neutral to the
bottom silver terminal and alternate the line side. Other's seem to match
top to top and bottom to bottom.

Does it make a difference, it some nod toward ensuring smooth current
across both outlets or somesuch or is it just a 'quirk'.

Does it make a difference on the last outlet in a leg ?

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Old 09-18-05, 11:46 AM
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Which screw terminal used makes absolutely no difference unless the receptacle is split.
Old 09-19-05, 11:54 AM
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maybe it is because they always wire to the top screw and when the wire the other side of receptacle, they flip it over.

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