rewiring outlet/receptacle - backstab to sidewire

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Old 01-28-09, 06:46 AM
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Question rewiring outlet/receptacle - backstab to sidewire

I am attempting to replace some outlets in a bedroom in my home. The outlets need to be replaced because they are loose, and some of them allow plugs to fall out.

I open the cover plate, remove the outlet, and see that there are 7 wires at play here. Now I'm confused.

3 White, 3 Black, and 1 Ground (really 3 grounds pigtailed with a wirenut to one leading to the outlet). I checked another outlet in the room, same set up. Neither of these outlets have any relation to any wall switches.

These are older outlets, I suspect from the 1970s. They are backstabbed (I think I'm using that term correctly).

How do I convert these 7 wires to a standard sidewire outlet? The ground is easy, but 3 White backstabbed wires to 2 side screws? Same for the black?

Am I right in thinking I need to remove all the black wires from the backstabbed outlet, pigtail them together, and take a new short length of black wire pigtail that in with the 3 that were backstabbed and run that to the proper side screw. Now repeat this whole setup with the white wires?

Am I way off? Is this correct? Is this safe? Is this thing on? I'm not sure why this is wired up this way, anyone have any insights into this?

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Old 01-28-09, 06:58 AM
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Pigtail

You are correct on the pigtails. You will need some large wire nuts since you will have four wires including the pigtail for the black connection and the same for the white white connection.
 
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We understood what you said, but I'll give you some terminology, just in case you care: "pigtail" refers to a short piece of wire. When you connect wires together with a wire nut, you are not pigtailing, but merely connecting wires together with a wire nut.
 
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Am I better off nutting all 3 black wires together, and pigtailing one to the outlet?

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Taking the top 2 black wires, nutting them, pigtailing that to the outlet, and then the other black wire and running that straight to the outlet?


Does it matter?
 
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Thanks a lot John! I do care, I enjoy learning what's what here.

Another question
Am I better off nutting all 3 black wires together, and pigtailing one to the outlet?

OR

Taking the top 2 black wires, nutting them, pigtailing that to the outlet, and then the other black wire and running that straight to the outlet?


Does it matter?
 
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Old 01-28-09, 09:16 AM
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I would just connect all three conductors together with the short pigtail and just make one connection per color to the receptacle.
 
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