Quick question about Cooper Decorator light switch

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Old 08-15-12, 02:16 PM
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Quick question about Cooper Decorator light switch

I'm replacing old toggles and receptacles from the mid 80s with Cooper Decorator receptacles and switches.

I was told by an old electrician that you shouldn't use the stab in wire connections and should wrap the wires around the terminal screws. So I have been following this idea as I swap out receptacles. Now on the Cooper switches, they have the stab in and the terminal screws have a back plate meant for wedging the bare wire under the plate using the pressure from the tightened screw.

So my question is......do I ignore the back plate and continue to wrap the terminal screw with the wire or should I be using the back plate which essentially looks similar to the stab in scenario?

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Old 08-15-12, 02:26 PM
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You're fine - this is the good backwiring
 
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Old 08-15-12, 02:44 PM
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I agree. There's a difference between "backstab" and "backwire". Stab is held by spring tension, back wire requires you to tighten the screw.

Backstab is bad...mmmkay? Backwire is good...mmmkay?

Sorry...SP episode on the tv.
 
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Old 08-15-12, 02:53 PM
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Back wire it is....

Thanks guys! I guess I'll save the wire wrapping on any work dealing with the older switches and continue to use it on the receptacles.
 
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Gunguy45.....yeah I kinda remember a similar line from tv or a movie with the person grunting while saying it.
 
 

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