Changing backstab outlet to side screw

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Old 11-07-08, 08:50 AM
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Changing backstab outlet to side screw

I am in the process of changing my outlets out in my house and I've come across an outlet that is back stabbed.

I have already bought a new outlet that has the side screws only...

The issue I am having is that there are only two wires (one black and one white) coming out of the wall into the socket.

If there are 4 screws in the new outlet, and only two wires, how should I install it?

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Old 11-07-08, 09:42 AM
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Ignore one set. Just put your black wire on the brass screw, white on silver.
 
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Thanks, just wanted to make sure...

And should it be put side by side

X X
O O

or one top and one bottom

O X
X O

Just having 1 set of wires will power both plugs?
 
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Old 11-07-08, 10:16 AM
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Doesn't matter..if you look closely at the sides there are metal tabs that connect the screws.

If you've ever had a outlet that had the top controlled by a switch and the bottom always hot, those tabs are broken off and it has 4 wires connected. Not trying to confuse...just for information.
 
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thanks for helping out the amature... have a great day!
 
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You only have 2 wires (i.e. no ground wire)?

If so, just wanted to check that you're putting in 2 prong outlets.
 
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