Replacing Receptacles-Part 2

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Replacing Receptacles-Part 2

Ok, so I was able to remove the wires from the back. I attached them to the screws of the new receptacle, but part of the wire is touching the plastic housing. Is this dangerous? Basically, what should I be looking at to make sure I avoid a fire?
 
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Old 08-21-13, 05:50 PM
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Just make a nice smooth clockwise loop and place it under the screw head and tighten.
 
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OK. So touching the plastic is not an issue?
 
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Old 08-21-13, 06:10 PM
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Strip no more than 3/4" of insulation. Use the hole in the blade of your wire strippers to form an open loop. Place the loop around the screw so that the cut end is to the right when the uncut end is toward you. Use the tip if the strippers to squeeze the loop closed. Tighten the screw.

what should I be looking at to make sure I avoid a fire?
Insulation that ends where the wire meets the screw; no bare conductor not covered by the screw.
 
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No bare conductor that isn't touching anything?
 
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All the bare should be under the screw head. The insulation should stop just short of the screw head.
 
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