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replace dead wall outlet: both back and side wires inside with back wires stuck

replace dead wall outlet: both back and side wires inside with back wires stuck

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Old 08-23-11, 05:47 AM
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replace dead wall outlet: both back and side wires inside with back wires stuck

the old outlet sent off sparks leaving black burnt mark & died.
the inside wiring has both side (screws) & back (inserted) wires.
2 black wires inserted + one black wire screwed on
2 white wires inserted + 1 white screwed on the side
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is this common to have both side & back wired?
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the 4 inserted back wires don't come out upon yanking on it
and there isn't much slack wire left to just cut it.
please advise, thanks
 
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Old 08-23-11, 06:40 AM
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#1 is this common to have both side & back wired?
More often then it should be in a perfect world. The best way is to connect the three wires to a pigtail and the pigtail to a screw. Backstabs as you know may be less reliable.

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the 4 inserted back wires don't come out upon yanking on it
and there isn't much slack wire left to just cut it.
please advise,
There should be a release slot next to the hole. A paper clip or very small screwdriver may work. Since you are going to pigtail cutting the wire as last resort should still leave enough wire.
 
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I'd cut as close to the receptacle as you can (if you have to cut) and the pigtail the wires so you have only one black and one white going to the receptacle when you're done.

While what you have is not to my knowledge a code violation, it seems sloppy to me.

Whoops - Ray was faster than me
 
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Old 08-23-11, 11:25 AM
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There are also back-wired recepatcles which use pressureplates and you can put 4 wires in the receptacle.
 
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i will combine all 3 white wires into 1 pigtail & tie to the side screw where existing white wire is located.
i will combine all 3 black wires into 1 pigtail & tie to the side screw where existing black wire is located.
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Old 08-23-11, 03:54 PM
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Yes, that is correct. White to silver, black to brass.
 
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