Outlet wiring


Old 10-07-07, 08:02 AM
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Outlet wiring

I replaced a damaged backwired (not backstab) outlet in a box with 6, 12 ga conductors. The old outlet had internal wire clamps tightened by the sidescrews.
The replacement I bought (same mfg, same box labeling) has wire clamp lugs under the sidescrews. The lugs appear to be formed to hold two wires each.
I ended up pigtailing the wires since I didn't want to put two wires on the same terminal but I walked away thinking I could have stuck two wires under each lug.
Does the formed lug trump the one wire per terminal rule?
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Old 10-07-07, 08:18 AM
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If the screw has a flat metal plate then you are permitted one wire on each side of the screw clamped under the plate.

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