Proper Pigtailing?

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Old 10-22-12, 06:22 AM
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Proper Pigtailing?

When installing multiple switches running off the same circuit, do I make multiple pigtails from the hot, or do I run the hot to one switch and then pigtail each subsequent switch from the previous? I'm trying to run 4 switches off one circuit for various lights. If I tried to pigtail each switch from the hot, that would be 5 wires - can I do that? (14/2)

Same question for two duplex outlets?
 
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Old 10-22-12, 07:35 AM
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When installing multiple switches running off the same circuit, do I make multiple pigtails from the hot,
That is best practice. You can only have one wire per screw and it is best not to use a back stabs as a splice because of their unreliability and confusion it might cause a non-pro at a later time. The old practice of a continuous wire with small sections of insulation removed at each switch can be used but my opinion is it makes it harder to position the switches in the box.

If I tried to pigtail each switch from the hot, that would be 5 wires - can I do that? (14/2)
It always depends on box fill and when in doubt you should calculate box fill. More Wires Need Bigger Boxes - Fine Homebuilding Article
 
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Old 10-22-12, 02:32 PM
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Same question for two duplex outlets?
What is the question about the two duplex outlets? Combining all of the wires on each phase into a splice with a pigtail that connects to the receptacle is generally the best practice.
 
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say you have a 3 ganged box with 3 switches then you would take the hot wire and make 3 pig tails off of the switch about 6 inches in length or long enough for convienece. thats a total of 4 wires under one wire nut
 

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